by T. M. Lowry
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(A Quiet Reflection Alone)
To all my loved ones and family,
This being our last birthday of the millennium, I wanted to put in writing, “good-bye” to all the birthdays past. And as these last thousand years quietly close, I know many people do hope to be free from a burden or pain carried within their heart. For mine, I am reminded of a prayer answered in my darkest hour. And no matter what “may yet be” or even “what might have been”, it was through a silent prayer that I was, and I am, unquestionably assured by faith that, “We have nothing to fear”.
In reading the letters of Saint Paul to his dear Timothy, we learn God’s powerful words regarding the “ Spirit of Power, Love and Prudence...” (2nd Timothy 1-7)
Paul tells Timothy to be "mindful again" that he has truly received such spirit and not the spirit of fear. (Perhaps we all, as Timothy, are often tempted to be afraid.) God knows what we are most likely to forget, so oftentimes He has to remind us of that very thing. For many years, I had forgotten how God so blessed me with His discipline and strength. Yet, now upon such a momentous birthday, I share the following account of how I again came unto remembrance of what I so ignorantly forgot. Over the years I had forgotten how God so blessed me with His discipline and strength. Yet I am today, reminded that prayers are answered in our darkest hour.
In reading the letters of Saint Paul to his dear Timothy, we learn God’s powerful words regarding the “ Spirit of Power, Love and Prudence...” (2nd Timothy 1-7) Paul tells Timothy to be "mindful again" that he has truly received such spirit and not the spirit of fear. (Perhaps we all, as Timothy, are often tempted to be afraid.)
God knows what we are most likely to forget, so oftentimes He has to remind us of that very thing. It was through a silent prayer that I was, and I am unquestionably assured by faith that, “We have nothing to fear”. I would like to share the following account of how I again came unto remembrance of what I had so ignorantly forgot.
A QUIET REFLECTION ALONE
For months, I had been searching for some quiet time but constant interruptions from arising situations left me tired and poor. I soon ran out of patience. It had been one of those years where everything seemed to go wrong. I received several disturbing telephone calls making it very difficult for me to find a way out. I had run short of strength and will to live. A voice crying inside only reminded me “what has become of my life!” I was in deep trouble, depressed about many things. I felt like I had nothing more to give and just couldn't go on any longer. Then I remembered a verse from God’s word. “God hath not given us the Spirit of fear...but of Power and of Love and of Prudence”. (II Timothy 1:7) I remember reading these words many years ago during a quiet reflection alone. The following is the memory of such reflection.
I was sitting in the woods by a stream one day, watching its water flow through a channel worn smooth into the rock. Watching the stream run into a tiny pool, I wondered how long the water had taken to cut its way through the rock. Oh to have the patience of The Rock.
I noticed there was always an inflow and an outflow of water into the pool. Never for a moment did the water cease to flow in or out. I knew of course, that the water flowing out was that very same water that had flowed in. Thus, the hollow, called the pool, never really had any water of its own and yet, year round there was an overflow.
“God hath not given us the Spirit of fear but of Love”–-- I remember thinking “If only we would allow love to flow in then love will certainly flow out”. As I listened to the water running over the rock that day, “Let love flow in” seemed to be the word this pool was speaking.
It was such remembrance of that day by which I found the answer to my prayer today. For, just as the overflowing pool, so am I never without God’s everlasting love.
And of “Power”--- Blessed be the Spirit of power, as the power of God’s stream of love fills the pool, blessed be the speed with which He flies to our relief. Let us come boldly unto the throne of His grace, that we may obtain His mercy, finding comfort in thy time of need. Speak to Him. He hears all prayers. Give unto Him your unashamed love, for He is thine Kingdom, the way to everlasting power and love.
And of “Prudence”--- “This word has become very dear to me. I have learned to welcome the Spirit of Prudence (discipline). For it is His Spirit of Discipline that we need when the “I” in us arises and says, “I want this or I want that”. We shall go nowhere until we choose to welcome the brave Spirit who never hesitates to ask us to do hard things. Even as the Holy Spirit never fails to strengthen us to do such things, it indeed makes us eager to do them through God’s eternal love.
And so today, from God’s word I was again reminded that by choosing the strenuous rather than the easy; knowing who grants us strength to do such things; mindful His love eternal flows, we shall find, just as the water flowing into and out of the pool, the means to do His will and the way back home unto Him. Though we may stumble along this journey home, we shall again arise even stronger than before. As it shall be through and by His Spirit of power, love, and prudence, that we remain diligent knowing in whom we trust and believe. We shall be persuaded to know with a certainty that He is able to keep all that which we have committed unto Him against each day.
For, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear...But of Power and of Love and of Prudence”.
We must reach within God’s everlasting pool to discern His Word for it is there that we find Christ's strength and spiritual guidance. He has given us the Spirit by which to know The Way. That One being Christ our Lord, in whom we so trust and believe as He guides us unto Himself. He indeed truly knows what is within each heart. Hence, it is for ones own sake to speak sincerely of how you wholly love Him. With faith and unwavering hope, give thanks to Him for His discipline and blessings; pray for the understanding of His Way.
T. M. Lowry
Inspired by the loving prayers of Amy Carmichael
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