“The secret of a disciple’s life is devotion to Jesus Christ,
and the characteristic of the life is its unobtrusiveness.
It is like a corn of wheat, which falls into the ground and dies,
but presently it will spring up and alter the whole landscape”
(Oswald Chambers, June 19).
When I read these words a few weeks ago, I prayed a simple prayer.
“Lord, alter the whole landscape of my life if it needs it.”
Quite honestly, the last six months have been laden with stressful situations,
graduate work, teaching responsibilities, speaking engagements and
ministry opportunities, private counseling moments and
the ever-daunting familial duties of wifery and mothering. Slowly,
I have felt my health diminshing, beginning with intense pains around
my heart and into my neck and jaw. Then, heaviness and sighing, followed
by an ever present mantle of responsibilities that were weighing me down.
Then, my husband surprised me with a MONTH LONG TRIP TO EUROPE,
starting in Paris, then Giverny, then Switzerland, and finally,
ITALY (my long awaited trip to Tuscany).
When he first told me, I was stunned and I remained in this condition for several days.
With only 16 days to plan and prepare, the stress increased. I can honestly say, I have actually been
panicked at times. Did I mention that I have been working on a book on TRUSTING GOD for several
years now? Why am I surprised that my life circumstances rise up to challenge the words I have penned?
So, needless to say, God answered my little prayer and is
completing ALTERING THE WHOLE LANDSCAPE of my little life.
Tomorrow, we fly to Paris.
The journey begins.
In honor of this trip of a lifetime, I bought a brand-new
MOLESKIN journal (can you smell the leather and fresh, crisp pages?)
The blank pages beckon. This weary in well-doing pilgrim is off for some
spiritual renewal and rejuvenation. I need rest. I need time away from it all.
Know that you are in my heart and I think of you all daily.
I hope to blog (unless I am completely undone by the beauty of it all)
and I hope to go with the flow of God’s Spirit.
May you find rest for your souls (Psalm 62)!