Monday, August 13, 2007

continue on ... be faithful


i've just gone through a week of ... depression? could be ... just a sadness that made me weep for no known reason ...

as i rode my bike today, i mentally reviewed the past week ... with it's highs and lows ... and my mind touched on one golden moment ... right in our living room, 2 men shook hands who had not spoken to each other in 7 years ... it was a truly joyous occasion ... prayer had been answered ...

that's when i realized that this past week had just been the valley, after a mountain top moment ... the deceiver had tried his best to get my mind to focus on the negatives & sadness - and take away from God's goodness and grace ...

so with that new light in my heart ... i shall continue my pilgrim journey ... glad to be serving Him who will return for me one day ...


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this unnamed poem & poet was found in "Legacy of a Pack Rat", page 166 ...
from William Barclay's Commentary on Matthew - A black poet wrote:

"There's a king and a captain high,
And He's coming by and by,
And He'll find me hoeing cotton when He comes.
You can hear His legions charging in the regions
of the sky,
And He'll find me hoeing cotton when He comes.
There's a Man they thrust aside,
Who was tortured till He died,
And He'll find me hoeing cotton when He comes.
He was hated and rejected,
He was scorned and crucified,
And He'll find me hoeing cotton when He comes.
When He comes! When He comes!
He'll be crowned by saints and angels when He comes.
They'll be shouting out Hosanna! to the Man that
men denied,
And I'll kneel among my cotton when He comes."

18 comments:

Cathy said...

I'm sorry you had a sad week, dear Saija. Maybe my little song was for you. I'm glad you are feeling better.
That is a neat poem. You always find unique things to post.

Jammie J. said...

It's tough having down times, but you've had a lot going on in your life lately. It's good that you can look back on and see the good things, tho.

Keep on keepin' on.

(hugs)

Lorna said...

thanks for stopping by.

Sometimes the tears make more room for God

Saija said...

cathy ... i loved that poem too ... it just spoke to me, about doing my work as unto the Lord until the Lord Himself asks me to stop ... blessings on your week!

jeanette ... yes, with leo's dad dieing, his uncle dieing right after the funeral, my mom's kidneys are failing and my sisters with their health & finance issues ... i want to fix it all ... but i can't ... i need to focus on Him who knows all things ... hugsbackatcha!

lorna ... :o) ... they do at that ... for me, it's also the valve that keeps explosions from happening - it's good to release it! hope you are keeping cool there in tallin ...

auntibeck said...

Sounds like a miracle in your living room!! Glad the heaviness is lifting...be of good cheer...He is coming again!

jel said...

huggs

Cathy said...

Well, no wonder you have been sad, Dear, with all the things going on in your family. We just have to pray and leave them in God's hands. You just kept on doing your good work and using your talent for His glory. :-) God bless you.

Mimi said...

I'm happy that God is bringing you out of the valley and into his glory once again... you have had so much sadness.. but God was with you through it all... you are in my prayers.
P.S. I loved the poem

Mari said...

God understands when we are sad - after all - Jesus cried when his friend died. I don't think he expects us to always be cheery and upbeat. He just wants us to know he loves us and is always with us. He cares about you and Leo and all the things you have been dealing with recently. I think he brings things like the poem to your attention when you need it. I'll be praying for your spirits to continue to lift.

Saija said...

antibk ... i have to realize that i can't solve all the worlds problems nor carry all it's cares! ... and yes - it was absolutely a little miracle in our living room last week ... i was tickled! blessings on you! oh - i loved the grandpa & grandson pics on the encouragers site ... that was cool! thanks for posting them ...

jel ... you are sweet ... hugs backatcha!

cathy ... yes, when one sits down, writes down the lows of the few weeks - well i guess they are a heavy load ... thankful, God will carry them for me - as soon as i let go of the bundle! blessings to you too!

mimi ... your prayer is so appreciated, thank you! and i just loved that poem too ... i could visualize a steadfast Christian, just keeping on despite all hardships - then freed from their earthly cares by the coming of the KING! :o)

mari ... thank you for that encouraging note ... i do appreciate it ... if leo's spirits are buoyant, i'm usually fine too - but if his chronic pain goes through a particular bad time, then i get frazzled ... it is definitely a continued growing experience ...

Gavin said...

Hi Saija,

The srevice was long, but it made sense, not like the Church that my ex and her family insisted we get married in. When the pain got bad I was able to sit in a different position and then towards the end I had to stand up. I'll go back this Sunday night, I'm not convinced yet, but I can't say I will never will be.

Gavin said...

Hi Saija,

Me again. Have you found COFWA on the net? Sometimes there is some useful information, but usually it's a community of people who understand what arachnoiditis is about.

Penless Thoughts said...

That is so beautiful and moving.
May we all be busy hoeing cotton, or whatever He has called us to be busy doing, when He comes. And He will come!!!!

Nancy said...

Saija, you are so honest & transparent if we all could be that way we would reach out more to those who need us. What ever you are dealing with Jesus can handle it, give it to Him...

Saija said...

gavin ... i'm so glad you went to church anyway ... leo used to squat by the side pew at the back ... or stand at the back of the church ... whatever worked ... most folks are quite understanding ... and re COFWA, i believe i was on that a few years back - but haven't gone on there lately ... maybe i will give it a try ... blessings on you & your search for answers ...

susan ... i've really gotten blessed from reading through ruth graham's book "legacy of a pack rat" once again ... it's like reading the blog of a friend - one who you click with ... :o)

nancy ... i'm so glad that we don't have to go through any of this life - or problems - by ourselves ... boy, wouldn't that be difficult!!! blessings on ya ...

It's a FLIP-FLOP World said...

I just returned from the Women of Faith conference in Atlanta Ga. One of the things that one of the women talked about was that we spend most of our lives in the valleys BUT that means that once we reach the mountain tops that is the best times. That means that the mountain tops is going to be there for you and it is going to be a very special time for you. You know that God is there for you every day! i know how it is when you are depressed. We just have to realize who MAKES us depressed and not let him get to us!! i think it helps to write it down. Take care and know that all is going to get better..Blessings. Sandy

Maggie Ann said...

It seems unfair that Satan attacks us after a mountain top experience when all is so beautiful. But evil being that he is...and how we forget that. I try to stop and remind myself when discouragement or depression clouds my mind, who is behind it. I've been 'down' this past week too, with my dental work..(though I went into it with a cheerful outlook! which didn't last long..smile) I'm beginning to perk up though. Hope you have a good day (here's a hug). I'm off for a cello lesson this afternoon, ....I don't like the drive though and can't go anywhere else in this heat with the cello...or I'd have to lug it into the stores with me...doing THAT certainly attracks attenion! Think I'll just head for home right after my lesson is over. Have a good day, maybe we could meet somewhere today for tea? smile. Wouldn't that be nice!

Saija said...

Sandy ... amen to your thoughts ... i so agree ... and i'm glad you got to go to a cool conference! one of my little dreams is to go to the Cove for a week of study - or to a Beth Moore conference ... never know, one day it may just happen! blessings on you!!

maggie ann ... yes tea would be wonderful ... :o) ... then we could share, pray and just encourage each other ... wouldn't that be heavenly?!!! here's hoping you can stay cool through that heat!!!