There are a few, maybe more than a few things I am persistent in.
I always make my bed, taut linens, perfectly smoothed quilt.
I pray every morning in the shower, like singing it’s a place to be secret, a sanctuary.
I journal, sometimes half-heartedly, gratitude and anxiety.
I walk in the evenings, if daylight allows. My walking, sometimes good and refreshing, sometimes nothing more than prescribed discipline.
Yet, I persist.
I walked yesterday evening. The sky was clear, the roads quiet and empty. I looked for pink skies and found only icy blue.
Earlier than usual, a warm afternoon and the sparrows were gathered, moving tree to tree in rapid little sweeping flight.
Landing for just a second or two before gathering again to rest in brief refrain. I caught sight of one resting up high on skinny branch.
Scribbling, quickly this morning
Again my thoughts on persistence.
It may take years and years and many types of trouble, calamity, crisis and question to truly understand the value of prayer.
Because the answer holds little value, is really no more than change in circumstances. God loves us so, so much that He will bless us with reprieve, with clarity, with relief.
Still, this is not the significance of God’s longing for us to discover through prayer. God’s desire and constant beckoning of our hearts is for us to lay our hearts bare and broken before him…to persist there in that place…aligned with Him. To be fully content in simply abiding.
To return to rest in the safe place of God.
To persist in pursuit of the peace of God.
To be hid in the shadow of His wings and that be all we need to keep us confident and courageous as He bends to listen, protect and strengthen. This is design and desire of God.
I am praying to You, because I know You will answer O God. Bend down, listen as I pray. Your unfailing love is wonderful and You save with Your strength those who seek you as a refuge. Guard me as the apple of Your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.
Psalm 17: 6-8
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