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02 January 2015

Keep Company With Me





2015 comes into view like the morning sunlight on still water, edged by green pastures.




In years past I have walked through the valley of the shadow of death, and I often come to the table prepared for me. Today, He restores my soul. I have no fear ~ He is with me.




I look forward to the full light of this day we call 2015. I rejoice in the oil of His anointing, and the wine that overflows from my cup. Surely goodness and mercy will follow me in this path on which He is guiding me. It is here that I depend heavily on His rod and His staff, should I veer off a bit, or find myself in a sticky situation. 




The Lord is my Shepherd, indeed.
I will not be in want, and I will dwell in His house forever.

This New Year has dawned brimming with promise, in your life, and mine. I have been thinking for a couple of weeks about what the Lord would have me share here, in my little corner of cyberspace. My arrival on American soil and Christmas came and went. Nothing. The end of 2014 was being marked by every ministry voice I know, and I was getting nothing from the Lord, until today.

Today is the first day of the new year. It is a time of renewal and fresh starts for many people, in many ways. This evening, as I sat leisurely going through facebook posts, I came across one that touched me deeply. Not a fb friend that I have never met, but a true friend that is weary ~ heavy burdened, alone in the crowd that surrounds her and fighting through the fog of a myriad of heartaches that have mounted up this past year.



My desire to bring comfort in this time of pain brought me to a place of deep thankfulness and fresh remembrance of why I tend to "dance to the beat of my own drum" and why I find it refreshing, if not easy, to "dance in the rain" 

Psalm 23 ~ The Lord truly is my Shepherd. 

He is the One who makes my feet like hinds feet. The One who leads me through many waters. The One Who gives His angels charge over me, to guard me, and defend me, and preserve me~in all of my ways. 

The One Who's perfect love casts away every fear and restores my soul.

Before the days of facebook and social media, what people now share, hoping the world will care, they used to bear in private. Private pain is excruciating. The cries are often so deep and so anguished that if they ever reached the surface, the world could not endure it.

While my heart continued to meditate on that, my eye found an article from Charisma Magazine. I had read the story before, but, for my own heart, I read it again. 



Compassion washed over me as I read the words and saw the heart of a little girl so deeply wounded that her only defense was to lash out. To lash out at everything and everyone who had failed her. To tighten her fist against the gentleness and love that had been perverted and defiled by other hurting, angry, people. 



I wanted to wrap my arms around a frightened child, look deep into those pleading eyes, and beg forgiveness, that this one, might be set free from the prison of hatred that holds joy captive. The article has a happy ending, but for many, their 'happily ever after' has been stolen. The father of lies has a strangle hold attempting to kill every shred of truth, and destroy the last bit of hope in their hearts.

As I fumbled for words on the blank computer screen, this scripture from Matthew 11:28-30, in the Message paraphrase bible, came bubbling up;

"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? 
Come to Me. Get away with Me and you'll recover your life. 
I'll show you how to take a real rest. 
Walk with Me and work with Me-watch how I do it. 
Learn the unforced rhythms of grace
I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. 
Keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
(emphasis mine)



Whatever the glowing rays of this new year are revealing in and through you, come to the water and join me ~ it's time to 

Dance to the rhythm of heaven!