A wrote a lovely email recently. Took a while to read it, and marvelled again at how God has been very gracious throughout an amazing year for both of us.
Witnessing her journey has often reminded me of the truths I need to cling on to in my own. How wonderful that God has designed and provided for us to live and walk in community. We have opportunities to encourage as well as be edified. More importantly, to direct each other’s gaze back to God when the burdens and questions of life seem to weigh us down.
A left me with much food for thought, and resurfaced more than a few memories.
There are clouds.
A cloud of unknowing. And a cloud of knowing. The same God in both.
“To have found God and still to pursue Him is the soul’s paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religionist, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart. … We need not fear that in seeking God only we may narrow our lives or restrict the motions of our expanding hearts. The opposite is true. We can well afford to make God our All, to concentrate, to sacrifice the many for the One. … The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One. Many ordinary treasures may be denied him, or if he is allowed to have them, the enjoyment of them will be so tempered that they will never be necessary to his happiness. Or if he must see them go, one after one, he will scarcely feel a sense of loss, for having the Source of all things he has in One all satisfaction, all pleasure, all delight. Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever.” – A. W. Tozer. Ch 1: Following Hard After God, The Pursuit of God.
The Cloud of Knowing (last chapter from The Art of Choosing by Carlos G. Valles)
The cloud is on the move.
And the people with it.
One whole year is a long time, and wells have been dug
and shelters had been built
and boundaries had been marked. All is left in an instant.
The cloud has moved, and Israel is on its feet.
Instant obedience. Total readiness
Each day, ready to move.
Each day, ready to stay.
That is life in the Spirit.
That is Israel’s boast.
And the whole people, leaving their dead and taking their newborn,
move in the new direction with a new hope.