In which the storm encounters wisdom (pt2)

by Craig on April 5, 2011

This will make much more sense if you read part one. Just click underneath the feet of the ninja kitten

here.

If you’d rather just pick up with part two – it’s just a gathering of wisdom from some wise women, useful stuff to keep ninja kittens safe through storms…

Continuing with…

Emily

621. blustery wind (and) 622. safety in the storm”

This I know already, and am now reminded, that there is safety in the eye of a hurricane, in the center of the storm. There is shelter we all have access to – and that’s where we need go when the wind blows. No?

And from Amy

“36. New baby goat learning to stand (and) 37. Critters”

And I’m reminded of my wobbly legs – and it’s OK to wobble a little. A baby goat goes to the mama right? And when I wobble I need to find my Father in Heaven. We are never too old for a Heavenly Father. And #37? I have Laska the love kitty – he is furry smiles and joy.

Then I left the thank you lists and found more words:

Alece

“And as I was thinking about you and me today, the word “through” kept turning over and over in my mind. And I thought of Psalm 23: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death…” I was struck with the thought that “through” is the most important word in that verse.

All I can add to this are the words (in the KJV) “because thou art with me – thy rod and thy staff – they comfort me.” If you’ve been reading, you know I have a lamb thing goin’ on right now. We aren’t meant to crawl “through” every trial – sometimes we need to be pulled through.

And one more thing to add. Alece is in the middle of trial herself. And so I prayed for a person I’ve never met. I’ve been enjoying this praying for others – a lot – recently. We need to look around for others walking through big crashy waves. No?

got this here

And finally, two of my favorite poets:

Melissa

“Held fast by the Lamb, our lamps burning bright, we lean into the winds, yearning for our heavenly home.  We soar higher, bow lower, pick up our crosses and follow.”

I have mentioned the lamb thing right? We are His, nothing can take us out of his hand. Just trudge along, be held tight, him being the spark to our flame, pick up our cross and go. And there is peace through the tempest. And I know again, after reading, what God taught me long ago. He never promised silver linings in clouds, but rainbows through the storms.

And from Deb

“From a distance
the truth
is harder
to see
but
moving closer
helps us
tremendously.”

Moving closer to Him helps me see from God’s point of view, with hope, and faith and love. To think with my head, but see with his eyes – and move forward in the night – and not only on my own strength, but by His Spirit.

And so, just by the reading, I am refreshed and well armed. So today, storm still raging, I follow the advice of some wise women.

Today I will:

•    understand that there must be gray skies
•    allow for a little refining
•    know that Spring is never swallowed up by Winter
•    know where my true shelter from the storm is
•    accept a little wobble in the legs – but be a Weeble
•    hug Laska the love kitty
•    know there is a “through” this valley
•    do a little praying for others – I’m not the only one with burdens.
•    know I have a Shepherd, The Lamb of God, stay near to him and let him hold me. And see with his eyes.

And say thank you for all the help.

Could anyone ask for better wisdom and heart to see through a storm?

Thank you.

God Bless

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A. April 5, 2011 at 11:45 am

Craig, happened to hear an old song from Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, yesterday, and guess what is said? “If we’re ever gonna see a rainbow, we have to stand a little rain…” Talk about theology from unexpected places! Because I am in a gray cloud-stormy-valley of the shadow place, I really appreciate what you have shared in these two posts today. ( I love your “Today I will…” focus list!) Not just for me, though that is really really helpful, but because it reminds me how important it is to pray for others who are out on the high waves, too. Like you, and now, Alece, too, though I only know of her through your mention here, and others I learn of and know of.

Your storm picture is perfect! Shivers!

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Craig April 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm

I will still respect you I promise – even after reading the words, “Nitty Gritty Dirt Band”
IT was in the middle of all the emotional upheaval when I took the time to pray for someone else – and it had a remarkable effect on my attitude. I think God Really hearts it when we pray for other people. A. thank you a whole bunch. and God bless you.

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Patti April 5, 2011 at 8:43 pm

We are His, nothing can take us out of his hand. How encouraging are these words. Whatever we face, he is always with us.

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Craig April 6, 2011 at 1:45 pm

He will never leave us or forsake us – we are his – he just won’t be anywhere but within us, mounting the charge before us, protecting our rear and guarding our sides. I just – we just – have to keep our eyes on him – not the waves. No?

God bless you Patti.

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Debbie April 5, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Thank you for sharing wisdom and what you keep learning, so we can learn too! Very humbled that you found something in that simple poem, but thankful if it helped. God bless you and use you in mighty ways, even in a storm. You are His and He loves you.

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Craig April 6, 2011 at 1:48 pm

There is nothing simple about your poems. There is such deep theology there – you just don’t understand – if it’s not you – then it’s SOMEBODY at work in you!!! Either way – I’m always blessed. Look – a new ending – Grace and peace Deb. (been memorizing Philippians – it’s hard with a sleep deprived brain that won’t cooperate – we’ll see how it goes)

P.S. I’m glad you got to see me quoting you – it makes me smile. I value you friend.

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Michelle April 6, 2011 at 5:25 am

He never promised silver linings in clouds – you do know, don’t you, that the clouds with silver linings are storm clouds.
And I think that ‘through’ is one of my favourite words in Ps 23 – we don’t stay in the valley, we go through the valley. And all the good soil is washed down into the valley, so the earth there is more fertile, there is more growing done in the valleys than on the mountains.
Praying as you stay close to Him, listen for His voice (the sheep ‘know’ the shepherds voice), journey through, and grow.

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Craig April 6, 2011 at 1:50 pm

Really – clouds with silver linings are literally storm clouds? No, I didn’t know that. I was just turning the phrase. Thank you – I love learning from you guys!!!

And good soil is washed down into the valley – where are you getting this wisdom from today???!!!!!

The storm will pass – and yes I’ll stay close. I am determined to be able to say that I kept my eyes on him “through” the valley. Thank you and God Bless you Michelle.

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