Pruning

I originally wrote the following a couple of years ago, but I find it just as applicable in the present as it was the day I wrote it…

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It’s been terribly long since I’ve touched this blog. So much life has happened. I’m not sure that I could begin to catch you up on everything. There is one thing I’d like to share at the moment.

There are times and seasons where one’s heart seems to be going through [what seems like] an over-abundance of pruning–giving one cause to stop, take a few (or a lot of) steps back, regroup, pray and cry (sometimes with a loud voice, and buckets of tears) out to the Lord.

You get to the point where you feel your prayers are just hitting the ceiling. This is when you realize that somewhere along the path you’ve been trying to go on your own strength. With the wind blowing in your face and the noises of life rushing passed you, it has kept your ears from hearing His call from behind you (which has been there the whole time). You feel foolish and ashamed that you didn’t think to stop, listen, and run back to His side sooner. However, you are grateful that He’s there waiting with open arms, and He wipes away your tears. When out of the bleakness you see the faint honey glow of light on the horizon, you begin to feel hope again, and step forward again in faith (even if they are baby steps at first)–this time knowing with certainty that God is there with you. It brings you comfort that God didn’t forsake you, that He was waiting for you to quit running ahead of Him, to retrace your steps back to His side, grab His hand, and follow His’ lead through the rugged, yet beautiful terrain ahead.

To affectively hear His voice, we must stop, wait, and tune out the world’s hubbub which is drowning our mind with noise.

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~ by VoiceofAmber on January 9, 2013.

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