I’m going to stand by the play world


“One of my favorite passages in all of literature is Puddleglum’s response to the Lady of the Green Kirtle in The Silver Chair. The Lady (an evil sorceress) has several characters trapped underground, and with the help of a little magic is trying to convince them that Narnia and Aslan and the rest of the “Overland” do not actually exist. The characters are on the verge of giving in when Puddleglum stomps on the magic fire in these words:

One word, Ma’am,” he said, coming back from the fire; limping, because of the pain. “One word. All you’ve been saying is quite right, I shouldn’t wonder. I’m a chap who always liked to know the worst and then put the best face I can on it. So I won’t deny any of what you said. But there’s one more thing to be said, even so. Suppose we have only dreamed, or made up, all those things—trees and grass and sun and moon and stars and Aslan himself. Suppose we have. Then all I can say is that, in that case, the made-up things seem a good deal more important than the real ones. Suppose this black pit of a kingdom of yours is the only world. Well, it strikes me as a pretty poor one. And that’s a funny thing, when you come to think of it. We’re just babies making up a game, if you’re right. But four babies playing a game can make a play-world which licks your real world hollow. That’s why I’m going to stand by the play world. I’m on Aslan’s side even if there isn’t any Aslan to lead it. I’m going to live as like a Narnian as I can even if there isn’t any Narnia. So, thanking you kindly for our supper, if these two gentlemen and the young lady are ready, we’re leaving your court at once and setting out in the dark to spend our lives looking for Overland. Not that our lives will be very long, I should think; but that’s a small loss if the world’s as dull a place as you say.”

… this passage of Puddleglum is a forceful statement … If nihilism (a viewpoint that traditional values are unfounded and that existence is senseless and useless) is true and all the really stable, beautiful doctrines of Christianity—say, God, heaven, objective good—are false, then the ideas in my brain are more weighty than the reality that brought my brain into existence. That is very difficult to swallow.

The beauty of Christianity hints at its truthfulness…”

(excerpt from Just Babies Making Up a Game, by Gavin Ortlund)

Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.

(Jeremiah 15:16)


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from distrust and envy free


Quiet, Lord, my froward heart,*
Make me teachable and mild,
Upright, simple, free from art,
Make me as a weanèd child:
From distrust and envy free,
Pleased with all that pleases Thee.

What Thou shalt today provide,
Let me as a child receive;
What tomorrow may betide,
Calmly to Thy wisdom leave:
’Tis enough that Thou wilt care,
Why should I the burden bear?

As a little child relies
On a care beyond his own;
Knows he’s neither strong nor wise,
Fears to stir a step alone:
Let me thus with Thee abide,
As my Father, Guard, and Guide.

Thus preserved from Satan’s wiles,
Safe from dangers, free from fears;
May I live upon Thy smiles,
Till the promised hour appears;
When the sons of God shall prove
All their Father’s boundless love.


“O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.”

(Psalm 131)


*Froward: to be habitually disposed to disobedience and opposition.

Poem by John Newton (1725-1807). Painting: Mother and Sara Admiring the Baby by Mary Cassatt, 1901


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set your life toward the greater


Beloved child of mine,

Don’t settle for the trajectory of the small. Set your life toward the greater. The small calls with voracious strength, but you were created for so much more! Your mind, your strength, your life experiences — each has been given that you’d seek your Creator. That you’d seek God, and know Him, and love Him; that you’d bow before Him and follow Jesus as Lord; that you’d be drawn into the Arms which encircle the globe, and know His care.

Oh dear child, seek Him. Choose the life set toward the greater!

Ponder His universe. Think through the longings common to all people, and don’t avoid life’s ultimate questions: “Who made me?” “Why am I here?” “Is this all there is?” “What happens when I die?” Many sublimate and hide from deep thought. Be different. Be a thinker.

Read God’s words. He’s saved the answers to each of those questions. His words, written down over thousands of years are meant for your eyes, your mind, your heart. Memorize; meditate; mull over scripture’s truth. Live on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God!

Pray for understanding. Pray for Spirit-given belief. Pray to be able to trust. And don’t just ask over and over for “better” circumstances — pray that you’d be given the honor of loving Him, of worshiping Him, of walking closely as His disciple. Pray without ceasing. For Jesus sticks closer than anyone ever could. He’s there for you to talk to. He’s there for you.

Obey. No matter the cost to you. No matter the ridicule from the society around you. Pray as you seek to fully submit to God’s better. Pray that you’ll be able to (1) identify your inner longings, (2) discern the lies — of your heart, of your culture, of Satan — that promise quick-fixes, but instead pull you away from the Lord. And (3) pray that He’ll give you the ability to discern His better ways, and to love the guidance He gives. Submit to His ways. He always means best for you!

Fight. Fight to be able to identify when you’re longing for the mere shadows of the Real, and fight to cling to the better and bigger Story, the one that the counterfeits and the lesser stories are meant to hint at.

Seek wise counsel when you can’t do it on your own (and for all of us, that’s often).  Ask for help from godly men and women who are themselves seeking the triune God with their whole hearts.

Remember this: You were created “a large, deep, eternal being, and only something larger and deeper and more eternal will satisfy the longings of your soul.” Don’t be content with sublimation or ignorance. Set your life’s trajectory toward the larger and deeper and more eternal. Today. Now.

For these next years you’ll be peppered at every turn with well-meaning (although sometimes anxiety-causing) questions. You’ll be asked, over and over, “What are your plans? What do you want to do with your life?”

Know this: Dad and I care more about who you become than what you do. Degrees come and go. Careers rise and fall.

Who you become lasts forever.

So as the new year begins, determine to set your life trajectory toward the greater. Lose the small life for Jesus’ sake. Know the something larger and deeper and everlastingly significant you were created to know.

Know Jesus, my beloved child. Know Jesus.


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the more staggering it gets


“It is here, the thing that happened at the first Christmas, that the profoundest and most unfathomable depths of the Christian revelation lie. ‘The Word was made flesh’ (John 1:14); God became man; the divine Son became a Jew; the Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, unable to do more than lie and stare and wriggle and make noises, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. And there was no illusion or deception in this: the babyhood of the Son of God was a reality. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets.” (J. I. Packer in Knowing God)

Painting: The Adoration of the Shepherds by Guido Reno, 1640


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Do not think you are hearing small things


Do not think you are hearing of small things
when you hear of this birth,
but rouse up your mind,
and tremble when you are told
that God has come upon earth.

For so marvelous was this,
and beyond expectation,
that because of these things the very angels formed a choir
and in behalf of the world offered up their praise for them,
and the prophets from the first were amazed at this,
that He was seen upon earth, and conversed with men.

For it is far beyond all thought
to hear that God the Unspeakable, the Unutterable,
the Incomprehensible, and He that is equal to the Father,
has passed through a virgin’s womb,
and has chosen to be born of a woman,
and to have Abraham and David for forefathers.

Hearing these things, arise, and think of nothing low!
And most of all you should marvel at this –
that being Son of the Unoriginate God, and His true Son,
He suffered Himself to be called also Son of David,
that He might make you son of God.

(John Chrysostom, 347-407)


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God is born so that


that the immortal God is born
so that
mortal man may live in eternity.

(John Huss, 1369-1415)


“When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.” (Luke 2:13-20)

Painting: The Adoration of the Shepherds by Christian Dietrich (1713-1774)


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the Ancient of Days is born


Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world — to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.” (John 18:37)

“This is a great Christmas text even though it comes from the end of Jesus’ life on earth, not the beginning.

The uniqueness of his birth is that he did not originate at his birth. He existed before he was born in a manger. The personhood, the character, the personality of Jesus of Nazareth existed before the man Jesus of Nazareth was born.

The theological word to describe this mystery is not creation, but incarnation. The person — not the body, but the essential personhood of Jesus — existed before he was born as man. His birth was not a coming into being of a new person, but a coming into the world of an infinitely old person. 

Micah 5:2 puts it like this, 700 years before Jesus was born:

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.

The mystery of the birth of Jesus is not merely that he was born of a virgin. That miracle was intended by God to witness to an even greater one — namely, that the child born at Christmas was a person who existed ‘from of old, from ancient days.'” (John Piper, Good News of Great Joy, Daily Readings for Advent)

Jesus upholds the universe by the word of His power, yet He emptied Himself and became a human. He chose to hang on a cross for you. For me. He, the Ancient of Days came forth and allowed humans He’d created to taunt Him, to beat Him, to kill Him. He, who Daniel spoke of 600 years earlier:

“I watched as thrones were put in place
    and the Ancient of Days sat down to judge.
His clothing was as white as snow,
    his hair like purest wool.
He sat on a fiery throne
    with wheels of blazing fire,
and a river of fire was pouring out,
    flowing from his presence.
Millions of angels ministered to him;
    many millions stood to attend him.
Then the court began its session,
    and the books were opened.”

Jesus, the Ancient of Days — reigning with such power and glory that we struggle to understand Daniel’s descriptions. Jesus, from of old, from ancient days — born of a virgin in a common feeding trough through a lowly birth. Born to die. Born that He might give forever life to those who themselves are bound for death.

Jesus! Name above all names! Beautiful Savior, glorious Lord. Jesus! Incarnated; forever existent; born to tell you the truth.

Jesus, the Ancient of Days; born to set you free.

This Christmas, behold the man!


Painting: Ecce Homo (Behold the Man!) by Antonio Ciseri (1821-1891)


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You are to name him Jesus


“She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21)

“The name Jesus means “Savior.” It is given to our Lord because “He saves His people from their sins.” This is His special role.

  • He saves them from the guilt of sin, by cleansing them in His own atoning blood.
  • He saves them from the dominion of sin by putting in their hearts the sanctifying Spirit.
  • He saves them from the presence of sin, when He takes them out of this world to rest with Him.
  • He will save them from all the consequences of sin, when He shall give them a glorious body at the last day.”

Jesus, what a friend for sinners!

“Jesus is a very encouraging name to weighted-down sinners. He, who is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, might lawfully have taken some more high-sounding title. But He does not do so. The rulers of this world have often called themselves great, conquerors, bold, magnificent, and the like. The Son of God is content to call Himself Savior. Those seeking salvation may draw near to the Father with boldness, and have access with confidence through Christ. It is His role and His delight to show mercy. “For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him” (John 3:17).”

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds!

“Jesus is a name which is especially sweet and precious to believers. It has often done them good. It has given them what money cannot buy – that is, inward peace. It has eased their wearied consciences and given rest to their heavy hearts. The Song of Solomon describes the experience of many, when it says, “Your name is oil poured forth” (Song of Solomon 1:3). Happy is the person who trusts not merely in vague notions of God’s mercy and goodness, but in Jesus.” (excerpts from J.C. Ryle’s The Gospel of Matthew)

Oh believer, worship your Savior this day! He reigns as King of kings and Lord of lords, yet delights to show you mercy! Throw off any vague notions of God’s goodness, and instead draw near to Him with confidence; with  boldness; for He alone gives peace and rest. Your happiness will be found today, everyday, only in Jesus. Only in the One content to call Himself your Savior.


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teaching children generosity at Christmas


We were slow. It took us until about Day 5 before we fully realized what was happening. Then, we started trying to catch them in the act. Twelve full days passed and we never once caught any of them.

They modeled for my family a generosity overflowing. They, at a time when our hearts were heavy and our energy depleted, arrived in stealth and left gifts at our doorstep.

For 12 days.

They regaled us with daily, arriving-in-secret, creativity-abounding sets of gifts — one set a day for each of the 12 Days of Christmas. Partridge-in-a-pear-tree pajamas for the children, a small Christmas tree bedecked with  pear and partridge ornaments, and a box of scrumptious real pears. And that was just Day 1. Eleven days of delights followed.

In the years afterward, we tried to copy their love and originality. We’d pick a family going through a tough time and we’d create for them a similar 12 days of unexpected delight.

The delight of delighting others

And this is the thing: I’m not sure if our kids would say they relish more the memories of the surprise gifts appearing on our own doorstep that first Christmas, or the inward delight we experienced crawling through nighttime bushes in dark clothes and leaving gifts on porches and ringing doorbells and fleeing before our own 12 Days recipients rushed to their door. (We’d hide in bushes just far enough away to not get caught, but still close enough to hear their excited voices each night. Then we’d sneak away and plan our next night’s outing. Oh what joy!)

I tell those two stories because the other day I passed a Salvation Army bell ringer and missed those years with my children. IMG_6682As I dropped coins into his red kettle and walked away, I hoped we’d adequately modeled for our kids (in the middle of our culture’s “I need more!” pressure) true generosity at Christmas. For as you know, not only in big ways like delighting a family with a 12 Days of Christmas memory, but in daily, ordinary ways, our guiding actions speak and are remembered.

If you hope to teach generosity to the children in your life (especially when surrounded by Christmas consumerism), here are a few other ideas (that will probably delight you as much as they delight those you give to):

  • On Christmas Eve, leave money (again, anonymously) in someone’s mailbox. We used to think of a list of people we loved and were thankful for and then, as dark approached, we’d map out a plan and drive to their different streets. We’d park the car, and each child would take a turn sneaking up to the different mailboxes and leaving our “we love you” envelope. We’d drive away giddy and giggly and hoping our small gift would lift their hearts toward Jesus. Oh, the sweet memories!
  • And in daily, all-of-December ways, you can work to cultivate generosity in your children. Intentionally put change in your wallet and have it ready to pull out for the Salvation Army bell ringer as you approach a store. Let your kids experience the happiness of dropping the coins in and saying, “Merry Christmas! Thank you for standing out here collecting!”
  • Shop together for Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes, bake for neighbors, support missionaries in a special way, help a widow with her Christmas decorating. In all you do, talk about the kindness of God toward us. Talk of His amazing grace, and His incredible generosity.
  • And pray with your children for the people who will open their mailbox or front door to your surprise gift. Pray they’ll think of the gift as coming from the Lord and that they’ll love Jesus more because of it. Pray they’ll worship Him and know His deep love for them this Christmas! And pray this: that He’ll do the same for each of you!

“…lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul…You shall teach them to your children, talking of them when you are sitting in your house, and when you are walking by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” (Deut. 11:18-19)




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when my arrogance is worse


When I feel my heart harden, with huffish thoughts toward someone swirling round and round, I desperately need God’s Spirit to bring me up short. When I’m caring more for my own agenda, irritated at what I perceive as arrogance in the person thwarting my plans, I need the Lord to convict me of the sulky arrogance in my own heart. I need Him to bring me to repentance for my own lack of tenderness toward that very person; to expose my firmly-entrenched belief that I’m better and that I deserve better treatment. I need Him to deeply persuade me of my lack — lack of deservedness, lack of loveliness, lack of humility. And I need to be astounded at His great mercy toward inept me; that His grace toward me is miraculous.

“The humility that only awe of God can produce in my heart produces tenderness toward people who need the same grace. No one gives grace better than a person who is deeply persuaded that he needs it himself and receives it from Christ. This tenderness makes me gracious, gentle, patient, understanding, and hopeful in the face of others’ sin, while never compromising God’s holy call. It protects me from deadly assessments like, “I can’t believe you would do such a thing,” which tell me I’m essentially different from everyone else. It’s hard to bring the gospel to people when you’re looking down your nose at them.” (Paul Tripp)

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.”

(Colossians 3:12)



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show them a light so lovely

IMG_6613“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, or by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.” (Madeleine L’Engle)

Jesus. The source. Jesus, the light so lovely. Jesus, the giver of light to those stumbling in lonely darkness. Jesus, who said:

“I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”

And who says: “You are the light of the world…No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp…gives light to everyone in the house.” (John 8:12, Matthew 5:14-15)

Lord Jesus, we ourselves desperately need your light. We need you! And we so want to be light, sharing your good news, loving, leading others to the source of all their hearts really need. Please open the eyes of people around us, using our words and actions to bring them your light. Use us to show them a light so lovely that they’ll crave the source of it. Oh Lord, please give them yourself!


Painting: The Light of the World by William Holman Hunt (1827-1910)

Related: still the same inside, unexpected tragedy and prayer through it and You might be the person God would use in a pretender’s life.


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a thankful heart is a happy heart


“Not all the bounties of Providence can make us happy if we have a thankless, ungrateful heart. You may have all that the world can give you, and yet be wretched; or you may be very, very poor, and yet be cheerful. A thankful heart is essential, and, oh! may God be pleased to give us that thankful heart!” (Thoughts and Their Fruit, C.H. Spurgeon)

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly…with thankfulness in your hearts to God.”

(Colossians 3:16)

Grandmother Reading by Albert Anker (1831-1910)


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ceasing to be great in our own eyes


“I will magnify God with thanksgiving.”

(Psalm 69:30)

“What does an all-sufficient God, who owns and controls all things, demand from the creature he has made? That we cease to be great in our own eyes and become small that he might appear great.”

We’re to cease being great in our own eyes. But we live in a world that teaches, at almost every opportunity, just the opposite. So, as a Christ-follower, (1) how do I begin to lessen in my own eyes? And (2) how is it good for me when I become small? And (3) how does calling God great (by giving thanks) magnify Him? What exactly does Psalm 69:30 mean? This:

“When we give thanks to him from our hearts, God is magnified. Gratitude glorifies God. Why does it? The answer is simple: Givers are more glorious than receivers. Benefactors are more glorious than beneficiaries. When we thank God, we acknowledge and display that he is the giver; he is the benefactor. We pay him a high compliment…saying “thank you” is a compliment; it magnifies people: You did a good thing for me; I’m indebted to you…

Therefore, when gratitude springs up in the human heart toward God, he is magnified as the source of our blessing. He is acknowledged as giver and benefactor and therefore as glorious. But when gratitude does not spring up in our hearts at God’s great goodness to us, it probably means that we don’t want to pay him a compliment; we don’t want to magnify him as our benefactor.

And there is a very good reason that human beings by nature do not want to magnify God with thanksgiving or glorify him as their benefactor. The reason is that it detracts from their own glory, and all people by nature love their own glory more than the glory of God…”


“To those who have come to the end of their rope, who have fallen exhausted from pulling at their own bootstraps, our text is good news…”


“The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit. A broken and contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.”

“It is not the well who need a physician but those who are sick.”


“Jesus has nothing to do for those who insist they are well. He demands that we admit we are not great. This is bad news to the arrogant, but words of honey to the oppressed who have given up their charade of self-sufficiency and are seeking God.

And for those who’ve given up their charade, what better good can there be than this:

For by such He will be found; and He will pour into our empty hearts such a love as we have never known. And there will arise freely and joyfully a sense of gratitude so genuine and so visible that God will be greatly magnified as the merciful giver of everything we have and are.” (Quotes from I Will Magnify God with Thanksgiving! by John Piper)

So we’re given the honor of magnifying God by expressing gratitude. And in the expressing — in the calling Him great and ceasing to give in to the craving for greatness for ourselves — we experience love and joy and freedom. We get to admit that we aren’t great, and that He, the all-sufficient God, who owns and controls all things, is the merciful giver of everything we have and are.

We become more and more who we were created to be: happy in the awareness that we deserve nothing, but that everything is a gift. We know we’re  loved. We’re joyful. We’re free.

“Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility . . . for God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that in due time he may exalt you…”

(1 Peter 5:5–6)



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divine love would have put you there



“Some plants die if they have too much sunshine. It may be that you are planted where you get but little; you are put there by the loving Husbandman, because only in that situation will you bring forth fruit unto perfection.

Remember this, had any other condition been better for you than the one in which you are, divine love would have put you there.

You are placed by God in the most suitable circumstances, and if you had the choosing of your lot, you would soon cry, “Lord, choose my inheritance for me, for by my self-will I am pierced through with many sorrows.” Be content with such things as you have, since the Lord has ordered all things for your good. Take up your own daily cross; it is the burden best suited for your shoulder, and will prove most effective to make you perfect in every good word and work to the glory of God. Down busy self, and proud impatience, it is not for you to choose, but for the Lord of Love!” (C.H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening)


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Are you under a cloud?


My childhood home sat atop a steep hill, and as the sun broke through clouds after a summer’s sweeping thunderstorm, we’d rush outside and gather with neighborhood friends to splash through puddles and play and laugh. Sometimes, to our added delight, beyond the rainy mist rising from warm pavement, summer’s startling gift could  be spotted in distant skies. Hanging just over the tall pines that lined the bottom of our hill, a rainbow — vivid, startling, shimmering — would perch in our droplet-filled sky. We’d watch and wait and wish its mysterious beauty would never disappear.

We loved summer’s rainbows.

I don’t play in summertime streets anymore, but  I still love a surprise sighting of red-orange-yellow-green-blue-indigo-violet hanging as a great bow in the sky. Then I loved, with sheer childhood delight, the summer sky’s colorful arch surprise. Now, my grown-up spirit still lifts, but not only at the rainbow’s shimmering beauty. Now I also marvel because I understand the deeper meaning of God’s bows nestled in grey skies:

“Behold, I establish my covenant with you and your offspring after you,”…And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations: I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (Gen. 9:9, 12-13)

“…The Hebrew word for bow in this text is the same Hebrew word used for the kind of bow one uses in battle, as in “bow and arrows.” God is talking about laying down his weapons…

‘They accepted it as a sign that God has no pleasure in destruction, that He does not give way to moods, that He does not always chide, that if weeping may endure for a night joy is sure to follow. If any one is under a cloud, leading a joyless, hopeless, heartless life, if any one has much apparent reason to suppose that God has given him up to catastrophe, and lets things run as they may, there is some satisfaction in reading this natural emblem and recognising that without the cloud, nay, without the cloud breaking into heavy sweeping rains, there cannot be the bow, and that no cloud of God’s sending is permanent, but will one day give place to unclouded joy.'”

I need to know, now in my adult years, that joy is sure to follow weeping. I need, when under a cloud of heavy, sweeping rains — when my heart wonders whether God has given me up to catastrophe, and is letting things run as they may — to be assured that no cloud of God’s sending is permanent. That one day unclouded joy will break forth from the heavy sweeping rains. That the bow will appear.

“…The rainbow, then, is a sign of God’s promise that he has hung up his bow…In the same way, the cross is a sign of God’s promise that he has hung his Son up to die, and it’s a reminder of his grace toward you that because Christ has taken the wrath, the wrath is taken.” (Quotes from Jared Wilson, May 31, 2016, When God Lays Down His Bow)

And since the wrath is taken, the Day of unclouded joy will arrive. No cloud of God’s sending — not one — is permanent for his child. When the heavy sweeping rains descend, when you’re sure your joyless, hopeless, heartless days are here to stay, know that those thoughts are not true. Look to Jesus. Pray to believe that:

 “Weeping may last through the night,
but joy comes with the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)


I trace the rainbow through the rain,
and feel the promise is not vain
that morn shall tearless be.

(O Love That Wilt Not Let Me Go, George Matheson, 1882)


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