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WOUNDED – WHY IN THE SAME PLACE?

Wounded – Why in the same Place?

 

by T. L Wiens 

Wounded by a Fence

This past week, my daughter and I took on the task of building a doghouse. As with most such projects, there were cuts and slivers in my hands from the wood. One particular nick on the tip of my index finger made itself known with each step of the building process.

Then we had to put aside our building project to work on a fence for the horses. We keep them in small pastures, moving the electric fence every two weeks or so. It was fence-moving day. As I pulled and tugged trying to get the fence into place, a small piece of wire broke lodging itself in my previous wound on my index finger. It hurt.

“Why in the exact same place?” I asked as I shook the pain away.

It wasn’t a prayer but it filled my head with verses from the Bible and questions. Why did Job go through what he went through? Paul was shipwrecked and bitten by a snake. Jesus was beaten and crucified. So many of the faithful faced multiple challenges.

As I pulled out the splinter, things looked different. Maybe when life gets complicated and hard, it’s a sign that God has entrusted us with being faithful to Him. So, even though right now life in my home is complicated with far bigger issues than splinters and cuts, I’m going to trust God and praise Him.

 “What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.

Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.

 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8: 31-39KJV).

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LEARNING TO PRAY AND WAIT

Learning to Pray and Wait

by Judith Lawrence (reprinted with permission)

Mystics are what the word implies—people called to know the divine through its mysteries. Many people today want the mysteries and challenges in their lives solved and resolved quickly, but mystics know that we all have a deeper task: to accept that some challenges come into our lives in defiance of human reason, logic, order, justice, fairness, and even common sense. They know that underlying these challenges is a divine order and sense that may be revealed in time. …you invite the sacred into your life; you learn to pray and wait, to ready yourself for direction. Mystics know that their instructions will come along with the tasks God sets for them. Caroline Myss, Entering the Castle Pages 16/17.

In this day and age we are used to having things instantly. Almost as soon as we think about a meal we can pop something in the microwave and eat within a very few minutes. People who live in an urban area can go to a store close by and pick up something they forgot to get when they went grocery shopping. One can think of what one wants and it almost magically appears.

This may be less so for those that live in a rural area. When you live outside of town you can’t get pizza or Chinese food delivered, you have to go in to town and pick it up yourself. It is not as easy to borrow a book from the public library—you can’t just walk over—you have to get in the car and drive in to town. There isn’t even any public transportation where I live.

So those who live in rural areas may be closer to knowing how to wait for something, not expecting things to come instantly to hand or mouth. It may be easier, therefore, for rural people to learn to pray and wait.

When we receive challenges in our lives we may not immediately recognize them as coming from God. But if we are in the habit of praying to God as a regular discipline we are more likely to be aware that difficulties, mysteries, or challenges may well be sent to us from God.

Does that mean that we will understand what God expects of us right away? Not necessarily. You learn to pray and wait, to ready yourself for direction. Mystics know that their instructions will come along with the tasks God sets for them.

Judith Lawrence

Judith is a Professional member of The Word Guild and author of two non-fiction books, Prayer Companion: A Treasury of Personal Meditation, and Glorious Autumn Days: Meditations for the Wisdom Years, as well as one book of mystical poetry, Grapes from the Vine. Judith writes a monthly meditation, which can be found on her website: www.judithlawrence.ca.  Judith’s latest spiritual book, Highway of Holiness: Soul Journey is now available. You can purchase it through Wipf and Stock Publishers.