Seems like forever since I’ve posted. You might think I’ve been busy working on my de-clutter project, but no, shortly after that post, things began to hit one right after another. The de-clutter project was in full swing when I had to put on hold (But I will get back to it, I’m determined this time!). It’s been a long month of surgeries, doctor’s visits, hospital vigils and tests. We’ve had family emergencies, ministry emergencies, and the regular stuff that probably all of you deal with.
Life has been coming so fast and hard, there has been little time to write. I’ve got dozens of small starts at blog posts, when I could find time to scribble a few words on a note pad, or type out a paragraph on the laptop, but writing has been enveloped by the need for long conversations, for child care, counseling, hospital vigils, playing with grandkids, or taking my friend for another Physical Therapy session. But I haven’t forgotten about you.
There have been many times when I’ve wondered if the blog is an added “extra” that takes too much time, if it matters, or if I’m sending out unnecessary verbiage into the atmosphere . . . but every time I ask for confirmation about keeping at this blog thing, clear confirmation presses me back into service. This blog doesn’t exist for self-serving gratification, although I love words and enjoy writing. Pouring out my thoughts on paper helps me to process, but much of my writing is scribbled out in a personal journal and never makes it into a blog post. I don’t have to put my heart out here to an online community in order to write. And this blog doesn’t exist for the purpose of building a large “audience” or following.
No, this blog exists to minister to you. And hopefully, to glorify God in the process.
My desire is to encourage you to press on in your pursuit of godliness and growth, to inspire you to dig into the Word for yourself, to see the wonder of Christ all around you and fall more deeply in love with Him. I long for you to glorify God in all areas of your life and I hope you might find just a phrase or thought here that adds to your joy of doing that.
Nothing in the Inbox!
Whenever a long stretch like this hits, and I’m not able to pause everything else and post, if you notice that no emails from me are filling your inbox, I hope you’ll pause to pray for us . . . because it probably means that family, ministry, life—the urgent and the mundane—have crowded their way into the small space I’ve reserved for writing to you. And if you haven’t noticed that I haven’t posted in awhile, then I’m probably not writing as effectively as I’d hoped.
As I write this post, I’m more than a thousand miles from home in a hotel room in Phoenix, Arizona. I only have a small space of time, and even if you haven’t missed me—I’ve missed you—and I’m taking a few moments in the quiet of the early morning to send out a word that I hope will encourage you.
[box]“Behold, He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade on your right hand.” (Psalm 121:4–5)[/box]
Our Keeper Keeps Up with Us!
No matter how hard and fast your summer may be coming at you, the Lord is your “Keeper.” Is that thought not the most reassuring fact? He keeps us. He watches over us, never pausing to sleep or get distracted, but He steadfastly keeps us.
Spurgeon describes it this way:
“It is Jehovah Himself who is the keeper of His own vineyard; He does not trust it to any other, but He makes it His own personal care. Are they not well kept whom God Himself keeps?”
Although a lot has hit our lives since April ended, none of it has been outside of His care, and none without Him keeping us through it all. May you be aware today of the fact that He is keeping you—you are KEPT by your faithful Father!