Sunday, June 04, 2006

Some thoughts on tribulations

"For if you should see a man shut up in a close room, idolizing a set of lamps and rejoicing in their light, and you wished to make him truly happy, you would begin by blowing out all of his lamps, and then throw open the shutters to let in the light of heaven." --Rutherford in prison

"O how I pray that when God in his mercy begins to blow out my lamps, I will not curse the wind." --Piper

(This is paraphrased.) A woman long ago was thrown into a dungeon, where she delivered a child. The child was allowed to live with her, and never went outside. His mother could draw, and she would draw the outside world for him, which he had never seen, and try to explain the glories of it to him. He could not believe it could be so wonderful compared to what he had experienced, and asked, How can it be so wonderful if the lines (from the pictures) are gone?
--from When God Weeps by Joni Tada and Steve (forgot his last name)

What limited creatures we are! When our pastor prayed last week, this sentence from that prayer stuck with me. He said, Teach us to refuse sight, and take faith.

How we need our great God to open our spiritual eyes to behold spiritual things, and to think spiritually. How we need understanding! And how great is our God!

More later....

Yours and His,
Vivian
aka Aunt Vivian, Pee Wee, Emmie

3 comments:

sarahdodson said...

I like that, Mamalou. Now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face. Good analogy/story. thanks for sharing. come see me NOW, oh yeah, please!
love you!

Christy said...

I needed to read that. Much like I needed to hear Jason's Sunday school lesson yesterday - that was so good!

Am I still invited over tomorrow?? :)

Pray about Ballinger... I don't know, I felt really excited while I was there today. God knows.

Love you!

Vivi said...

Please come! Praying about Ballinger! God knows. Thanks, all, for the nice comments! M