Finding God in the quiet. That's the challenge sometimes in this life. Finding God at all. Sometimes, however, He reaches out in the most surprising of ways to let us know that He's still there in the shadows, and we just need to hold on.
Things have been quiet on my blog, but they have not been quiet in my life. I have had "issues" to deal with; those things that sort of knock you for a loop and leave you a little bewildered. I've had schooling hurdles to overcome with the children; thankfully, we are back on a path that fosters the joy in learning. I've had some sleepless nights.
After one such night, where many tears were shed into my pillow and many calls went up to my Heavenly Father.....I began the day as I do many others. Bible reading, prayer, children gathered around for the daily schedule of lessons. We were nearly finished with our read-aloud, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" by C.S. Lewis. In fact, at the close of our last chapter we had mourned the death of Aslan. So on this particular morning, we picked right up reading the next chapter. The young girls, Lucy and Susan, are heart-broken over the death of the beloved Lion. They are experiencing such grief and anguish of spirit as only those who have ever "lost" can know. Their tears are unending, their sobs unabating. Then, Lewis does that thing he does. Stops his descriptive narrative to address you, the reader, directly. Here I am reading this book aloud to my children, and the author stops and directly asks me if I, too, perhaps had been up all night crying! How did he know that??? I was more than a little taken aback. My kids just thought I was taking the death of Aslan especially hard, though they themselves were sniffling a little. But back to Lewis. He went on to assure me that peace would be found. It would come in the quiet.
And as I related this experience back to Derek later in the day, my heart rejoiced and was comforted that in something so seemingly "random", God had reached out to me. I must be careful to cultivate the quiet...so that I can always hear Him when He speaks. The beautiful Lion of Judah.
Dear readers, thank you for your kind comments, emails, and understanding! Sometimes we must prioritize and give diligence to the things that are most important. I am looking forward to our interaction again, and will be visiting your blogs soon, as well. I alluded before about the restructuring of our home-school. This has proven to be one of the most beneficial actions we've taken in some time. We think it's important to keep a good log of the progress we're making, and have a forum to share with others, and learn from others as well. To that end, I have set up a new blog specifically for documenting our educational efforts. You are welcome to visit anytime, though it is still somewhat "under construction" right now as I get all the information sorted and posted.
Blessings on you all!