I marvel at my insensate folly,
that with such enriching favours within my reach
I am slow to extend the hand to take them…
Quicken me, stir me, fill me with holy zeal.
Strengthen me that I may cling to thee and not let thee go.
May thy Spirit within me draw all blessings from they hand.
When I advance not, I backslide.
From The Valley of Vision
Am I embracing what God offers me at this very moment?
New life? New Identity? New beginning? New day?
How do I respond to God’s personal visit to me?
Do I come to Him expecting wrath or open arms?
Questions taken from My Children: A Lenten Devotional
The prayer is one that I read back in December and constantly feel myself drawn back to. The questions are from a Lenten Devotional that was passed out at our church. It never fails to amaze me how God works; how He weaves things, words and people in and out of our lives so beautifully.
I so often struggle with acceptance. With something so small as accepting a compliment to something as big as accepting love from others. This transcends so deeply into my relationship with Christ. I am so weary and overwhelmed with keeping up with the mundane things of life right now: cooking, cleaning, picking up crap everywhere, doing laundry etc. Yet, I ignore the arms of Jesus opened wide for me to take refuge in. I don’t fully believe, trust, acknowledge that those arms are open and that they long for ME. I’m trying so hard to embrace tomorrow or cling to the past and I am making myself so weary.
How I continually pray during this season that I would stop more, rest more, cling to Jesus more and respond to Him with amazing abandonment knowing that what I will receive in the end is an amazing embrace.