Saturday, January 23, 2010

Between his shoulders

What an exciting week! My daughter continued her recovery under the watchful eye of her handyman brother. All those prayers have sustained her.

As I gave notice at work on Thursday, my heart swelled with the confidence that God is doing a new thing. Someone will happily sit at that desk to pour themselves into alumni services. Systems have been established for alumni to connect with NU, the university cares about its constituents, and it will be fun for all of us to see what happens next. Makes me smile with anticipation of good things all around!

It's a new season for me, though. I'm not sure exactly what the winds of change will blow my way. Art and writing are certainly part of the next months. There's a feeling of opening up, just a hint of the fragrance of possibility wafting on that breeze. My soul has begun to relax and lean toward toward the unseen future. I plan to enjoy wrapping up this part of my life in the next two weeks.

I peeked into my messy home office earlier. Eight stacks of biographical data on eight missionary women sit on the floor. (Wow, they lived life to the full.) Thankfully, that paper is almost done, and then I can file the research. And move on to the next project, also overdue. Thanks, profs, for grace!

How blessed we are to be part of the Body of Christ. As Head, it is his privilege to move the cells around as he pleases. As the shift occurs, it can be uncomfortable or energizing. New life flows in and out, and only God knows what is coming. He carries the one he loves between his shoulders, says the prophet. What a warm, snug place to rest as the scenery changes!

Read more:
*Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders. Deuteronomy 33:12 (one of my favorite verses)

*Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. I wait for your salvation, O LORD, and I follow your commands. I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly. I obey your precepts and your statutes, for all my ways are known to you. Psalm 119:165-168

*Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 NKJV

*But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.

The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:8-9 NIV

1 comment:

  1. I just read this one for the first time - - at best I am sporadic about connecting to the blog except for being very intentional during Lent as has been the custom for the past few years.

    You are going to be missed! But I am happy for you for the new season - and look forward to what that will mean.

    You are an amazing woman, and are my inspiration for blogging.