Friday, December 3, 2010

The Shadow of a Cloud

I was in such a hurry yesterday to post pictures from our night last night that I didn't give God a chance to work. Just go ahead and call me Peter: quick to verbalize, slow to ponder. He's patiently teaching me what it meant when "Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart" (Luke 2:19). She probably didn't jump on her blog and start telling everyone how those shepards smelt to high heaven! Instead, she let God do a work in her and weave His truths in her heart to prepare her to raise such a special Son.

Well, God spoke this morning in my quiet time. In Isaiah 25, God is praised for His perfect faithfulness. And that's what He was last night. Perfectly faithful. He came in to our stormy time and softened both my heart and Bear's. Just like the shadow of a cloud, He covered us with His grace and tenderness. He was shade in the heat that comes from the pressure cooker of Christmas. He was refuge for me in my time of distress. I don't deserve His tender correction. I deserve hellfire and brimstone like Sodom & Gomorrah. Instead, he creeps in like the morning fog to wash those dirty places in my heart. He's so good. Perfectly faithful.

"LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done wonderful things, things planned long ago. You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the foreigners’ stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt. Therefore strong peoples will honor you; cities of ruthless nations will revere you. You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall and like the heat of the desert. You silence the uproar of foreigners; as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled. On this mountain the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples, a banquet of aged wine— the best of meats and the finest of wines. On this mountain he will destroy the shroud that enfolds all peoples, the sheet that covers all nations; he will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth.
The LORD has spoken." Isaiah 25:1-8

On a completely different note, guess who's wanting to go to Deeper Still with Mommy?

Baby Girl, I promise one day when you're older, and if I still rank on the cool scale, we'll go sit at the feet of Jesus together!


Angela said...

Oh to a heart that was as tender as yours and that loves God like she loves her husband. One that is willing to see through his scroogeness and love him in spite of it!!! Thank you for teaching me so very much!!!

Tales of a Peanut said...

Great post!

Kristen, I'm so glad I got to meet you while we were waiting to meet Miss Beth! :) I hope you had a great DeeperStill experience like I did! Looking forward to getting to know your family more as I follow your blog!


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