Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Panning for Gold

"The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory thunders
 the Lord over many waters.
The voice of the Lord is powerful;
the voice of the Lord is full of majesty."

Andy sent me away Saturday.  I had all morning to go where I pleased. alone.  I went to the water.  I needed to hear from the Lord.  I was able to spend all morning in His Word.  Filling, breathing into me. Kayaking down the river, feeling His presence, His voice.  "I am with you, I will equip you for this that I have given you, these children are mine and I love them more than you do"

"I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.
Those who look to him are radiant" Psalm 34:4

After my little drama the other day, so many of you called/emailed/texted with scripture and encouragement.  I felt so calmed and filled.  Thank you. 
I have loved the Christa Wells song "Panning for Gold"  It is about going to scripture hungry, expectant, waiting for God to reveal the gold he has for you today.

 "I go to the pages handed down and worn
I'm hearing the sages with the Truth on their tongues
Sifting beauty from the layers of ash
I'm tracing the universe with my fingers in the sand

I'm panning for gold, I'm panning for gold
Until I have all my heart can hold" 

That is how he feeds me, His Word, truth. Not self-help or "processing" with others.  Then her album goes into "Everything Moves But You" beautiful stuff!!

I was listening to a talk last night in the car, by Susan Hillis in which she also referenced panning for gold, in our children.  How we are to wait and search, knowing that the gold is there, expecting it to shine through in time.  Keep on panning, encourage them by voicing the gold you do see.

My Bible Study teacher, Marty, sent me this from Isaiah 40:11, it has been GREAT encouragement, I hope it is to you too:
"He will tend his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms;
he will carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead those that are with young."

His promise is to shepherd me as I shepherd my sheep. I take comfort in knowing that I am just a dumb sheep, needing to be helped when I get myself all flipped over!
love to you, my fellow shepherds and gold diggers~


Laura said...

Thank you!!!
My brief moments of silence are before me and I too am panning for some gold. Excited :o)

Liz said...

First, your new header is wonderful. Your family is gorgeous and so perfect.

More importantly, I am filled with love for you and your family right now! I know that your daily moments are so hard and busy and tedious and discipline-filled... but the Lord is doing such an amazing work in all of you! I got goosebumps at the words you wrote because it's awesome to know that in the midst of stress, the Lord works. Through our friends and family and scripture and songs and a kayak and gorgeous river view... He's talking to us. I know that the work that's being done is so huge in your family - our family. I feel blessed to be a part of it and hope I can be an integral part of it.

Love to all of you. :)