Food for thought     17th March 09

“To the world you may be just one person, but to one person you may be the world.”


“I sleep, but my heart waketh.”
- Songs of Solomon_5:2

Paradoxes abound in Christian experience, and here is one-the spouse was asleep, and yet she was awake. He only can read the believer’s riddle who has ploughed with the heifer of his experience. The two points in this evening’s text are-a mournful sleepiness and a hopeful wakefulness. I sleep. Through sin that dwelleth in us we may become lax in holy duties, slothful in religious exercises, dull in spiritual joys, and altogether supine and careless. This is a shameful state for one in whom the quickening Spirit dwells; and it is dangerous to the highest degree. Even wise virgins sometimes slumber, but it is high time for all to shake off the bands of sloth. It is to be feared that many believers lose their strength as Samson lost his locks, while sleeping on the lap of carnal security. With a perishing world around us, to sleep is cruel; with eternity so near at hand, it is madness. Yet we are none of us so much awake as we should be; a few thunder-claps would do us all good, and it may be, unless we soon bestir ourselves, we shall have them in the form of war, or pestilence, or personal bereavements and losses. O that we may leave for ever the couch of fleshly ease, and go forth with flaming torches to meet the coming Bridegroom! My heart waketh. This is a happy sign. Life is not extinct, though sadly smothered. When our renewed heart struggles against our natural heaviness, we should be grateful to sovereign grace for keeping a little vitality within the body of this death. Jesus will hear our hearts, will help our hearts, will visit our hearts; for the voice of the wakeful heart is really the voice of our Beloved, saying, “Open to me.” Holy zeal will surely unbar the door.

“Oh lovely attitude! He stands
With melting heart and laden hands;
My soul forsakes her every sin;
And lets the heavenly stranger in.”


The Lord is saying.....Do not become dull of hearing. Do that which I have told you to do diligently and you will hear my voice more clearly to show you the next step.

Oh! Love that will not let me go.

Hebrews 12 & 13 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees,and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.

It seems to me that the Lord is such a good Father to us that He lets us make our mistakes and then turns them round to good for us and others. There are times when we believe we are so right and yet we can be so utterly wrong. Somehow we believed that it is the Lords voice that tells us to jump off the pinnacle and that he will catch us. Yet, although sometimes He might let us crash to let us learn our lesson well , he is there to pick up the pieces.

Where we have not built with the gold of love and have found only ashes, after the fires of testing; When we have not married love and patience to our unswerving faith; When we have built our house upon the sand by not heeding our own Lord's voice on the sermon on the mount: When the tempest has raged and our "house" has come crashing down, the Lord is there to pick up the pieces and to kiss our bleeding knees better and to say something like this... "Keep walking... its not over till its over - its time to build again - this time with bricks of gold..

Hebrews 12:5-13 (New King James Version)



Me.... Shirley amongst a field of musical instruments. Please note the hole in ceiling;
my son Jan's DIY went a little wrong when laying a new
floor in his bedroom. For a while it was easier to shout him for dinner!!!


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