Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Huge, Obscuring Clouds

We are in our long dark winter days. Some people can suffer from light deprivation and become depressed. I sometimes feel that when the days are dark and when there are things on my mind that trouble me, like the huge cloud in the sky yesterday these feelings loom and won't dissipate very easily. Wrong counsel during these sorts of times can cloud what we believe to be the Truth too.

I was thinking of the importance of keeping our thoughts focused on the Truth. If we don't, the little discrepancies in our thought life can become persuasive enough that they will even topple the major truths we believe so that they are set aside in pursuit of the less fulfilling "bobbles" this life dangles within our grasp. Upon grasping these seemingly harmless attractions, the spirit will languish into a deepening depression, especially on long and dark days.

With God there is hope and forgiveness. I am thankful for His never-ending presence, guidance and especially His overwhelming and redeeming Love.

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.
The ungodly are not so,
But are like the chaff which the wind drives away.
Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,
Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
For the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Whose counsel are you enjoying today?

I remember the small steps to sin being pointed out to me. We take these wayward steps -away from God- when we decide to follow counsel that is not the Truth, in order to follow what we feel our hearts desire is. I underlined the words in this beautiful chapter in Psalms above to point out those steps here.

First, we walk or commune with someone or something that is not truthful. Then we stop to stand in the way that is in error. Lastly, feeling comforted in our chosen sin we will sit down with those whose counsel we have decided to accept. Sinning is not something that comes suddenly upon us, it is something we have willingly embraced and justified in our hearts.

As for the long, dark days here in Alaska - we learn to cope by using candles, handcrafts, reading, baking, family get-togethers and even the internet! The daylight has begun to stay longer now. If my sister Mil was able to she would be informing me by how many minutes - exactly! I miss your counsel Mil!

4 comments:

e-Mom said...

I don't like the darkness either. :~D But I guess it's part of God's natural rhythm... post-Fall of course. It's nice to burn candles and have a fire on the hearth during the daytime. Winter gives us the excuse to do that, doesn't it? I look forward to the everlasting bright light of eternity, where there will be no need for the sun, because the glory of Lord will be it's illumination.

Psalm 1 is one of my all-time favorites. Thanks for posting it.

Hugs, e-Mom

mrsjojo said...

I also like Psalms 1. We had our family memorize that passage a number of years ago. It holds a lot of advice and truth. The Lord is soooo good. It's so good to check and see where we are getting our counsel from. It's coming from everywhere and most of it isn't good. Just stand in the line at the grocery store and see the garbage being handed out. Praise God for His word.

Jettie said...

i can't imagine where it would be dark like that..My mom didn't mind it at all. I think I'd be sleeping alot!!!! like your writtings!!

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Connie Marie, wonderful post. Happy New Year. I haven't been able to come by much lately. I am so glad to be here and finding you doing well.

I want to thank you for all the prayers you prayed on behalf of me an my family in the loss of our sister. God took such good care of us and Margie is finally at home with God. She has no more pain, no more heartach and certainly no more tears. Her life there is wonderful and we are so very happy for her. Thank you dear friend from Alaska, You are wonderful. love you, connie from Texas

In those lost dark days, just remember that you are loved and prayed for, I know by me and I am sure many others.