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Topic: The Book Store/Library (06/03/10)
TITLE: In the Silence Beauty is Formed
By Elizabeth Cain
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I, being an angel, could hear the Holy Spirit comforting her. But Heather’s mind was too troubled to hear His voice. Heather turned up the radio, much to my dismay. How could she hear the Almighty One speaking to her if she was listening to so many other voices? I was glad she was at least going somewhere quiet; maybe then she’d be able to hear the Almighty One’s voice.
“Don’t give up.” I murmured, “Remember that your Father gladly gives you what you ask for; He withholds nothing from His children. Just wait for His timing.”
Glancing at the many books on the shelf, Heather searched for anything that might grab her interest. All the while the Spirit was speaking to her, but Heather’s thoughts continued to be a distraction. After a few minutes of aimless searching she sat down with a book and halfheartedly flipped through it. Soon, though, she stopped… and she began to pray.
“I know I can’t earn my salvation, and that I should just trust you,” I heard Heather whisper, “but isn’t my faith supposed to produce righteous works?”
The soft and gentle voice of the Holy Spirit answered her, and at last, in the quietness, she heard the voice too. “I know you are struggling, dear daughter. But do not believe the lies of the enemy; My love for you never has, or ever could be greater. So don’t be crushed by your doubts and your guilt. I ‘m not angry with you for not trusting in me to provide for you; I am using this difficult time to help you grow. When you overcome this block you will have the faith you need to withstand even the darkest hour. It is under much pressure that a beautiful diamond is formed. My child, would I ever do anything that’s not to your benefit, or is above your ability to overcome? No. But I will strengthen you in your weakness so that when you emerge you shall be a greater treasure than before.”
“But why isn’t my life glorifying you?”
“Your life does have a purpose, dear one. But the works you are seeking to do will bring glory only to yourself, but how would that help your walk with Me? Wait patiently, and through My guidance you shall accomplish great things. Many of the things you accomplish for me, however, may seem minuscule, but don’t forget that all things done for My glory are more valuable than gold. Remember the parable of the talents? To some I give much, to others a little. So work diligently with what I’ve given you and you shall be given more. Trust in my timing, and you will do more miraculous signs than you ever thought possible. But do not waste the time I’ve given you by waiting for a great opportunity to shine. You will accomplish nothing by waiting. So put your faith in me, and this very hour your faith will produce fruit.”
“How?” Heather thought in prayer, “How can I when I have such little faith?”
“With faith the size of a mustard seed you can move mountains. But do not measure your faith by your feelings, my precious daughter, for your emotions are not always trustworthy. Know that I am still with you, even though you feel that I am far away. Trust in me, and desire to do My will in your life and your faith will to be fruitful. So, lean on my strength when yours is not sufficient. My strength alone is what will sustain you.”
Heather was at peace. In the quietness of the library her thoughts were able to center on Christ and He was there, waiting to comfort her. I smiled, the Almighty One truly had magnificent plans for this precious gem.
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