Bekah's Heart, Devotional

Questions

Questions.  They surround us everyday. Some arise over trivial things that really don’t matter much.  Others pound at the door of our hearts begging for answers. 

 

Questions like “What now?” when one loses his job. 

Questions like “How long?” when a loved one hears that dreaded “C” word, “Cancer”. 

Questions like “WHY?!?” when a loved one is taken from this earth “too soon.”

 

Though, as much as we desperately want answers, maybe we’re not supposed to get them…at least not now.  In a conversation today, Sue she shared with me this quote by Rainer Maria Rilke:

"Be patient toward all that is unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer"

 

I think maybe Jesus was trying to tell us something similar when he spoke these words:

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life…  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  … So do not worry… but seek first His kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of it’s own.”

 

Each day will have it’s trouble.

Each day will have its questions.

Maybe instead of pounding at heaven’s door

demanding answers,

we can simply

come,

rest in our Savior’s embrace,

and let him quiet us with His love.

 

 

My dear child, I know you have questions… questions that your heart longs to have answered.  In my time and in my way, I will reveal those things.  But for now, just live.  Don’t beat yourself to death trying to find all the answers … just live in me.  Live in my love.  Live in my GRACE.  And I will keep giving you more grace…. and more grace… and more grace. …  and one day, you will have lived yourself into the answers and will forever live in a place with no more questions.  I love you, My child.  Come.  Let Me quiet you with My love.

31 Days of Hope

Hope {Day 14} – Hope Amidst Loneliness

Here’s a poem I wrote quite a while ago about those who find themselves struggling with loneliness and the hope found in God’s Word.  I randomly stumbled upon it earlier today and thought I’d share.

 

ALONE

An empty box of tissues
Beside a pile of ones filled with tears
A drenched pillow nearby
Held in clenched arms

 

alone.

 

Sounds creek in the night
Making one jump in fright
”What-if”s and “How’ll”s
Wreaking havoc on the brain.

 

alone.

 

Oh Sleep, please won’t you come.
Please free me from the pain.
Toss this way
Turn that

alone.

 

Sleep finally comes; rest resists
A peaceful night of slumber
Anything but!
Nightmares torment. Again,

 

alone.

 

Tear-stained pages of a Book
So sacred. Completely true.
Provide a glimpse…
Hope?

NEVER ALONE!

 

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So do not fear, FOR I AM WITH YOU; do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name, YOU ARE MINE.  When you pass through the waters, I WILL BE WITH YOU; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.  When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned… For I am the Lord, your God…. you are precious and honored in my sight and… I love you.  … Do not be afraid, for I AM WITH YOU. (Isaiah 43:1b-5a)

Listen to me… you whom I HAVE UPHELD since you were conceived and have carried since your birth.  Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He. I am He who will sustain you.  I have made you and I WILL CARRY YOU; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. (Isaiah 46:3-4)