I’ve been taking some time these past few weeks to re-read my journals–sort of taking inventory of God’s words to me as I read His Word throughout the past year during my quiet time.
First of all, it’s very encouraging. To look back over the year–June 2011 to 2012–I can see that many of the God-thoughts I wrote down have come to pass–like writing this blog.
As I read I couldn’t help noticing the repeated theme of obedience. I read Eugene Peterson’s book, “A Long Obedience in the Same Direction” last year, his study of the Songs/Psalms of Ascent.
(More about that later.) God was speaking to me over and over again about this subject using this book. Yes, God usually has to repeat something to me over the course of many months to make sure I’m getting it.
Lately I have struggled with falling into discouragment about my behaviours, attitudes and actions, particularly with those whom I love.
I wrote this in my journal:
Peterson talks extensively about failures and obedience when he discusses Psalm 132 in “Long Obedience..”
This Psalm is full of ‘remembers’, the Psalmist reminding God about his promises to King David.
“The traveler/psalmist is not…”reveling in the past for its own sake , but a traveler using what he knows of the past to get to where he is going–to God.”
I wrote this:
“…just like a treehouse in a tree:
the tree is firmly planted–solid in the strength of the tree and its roots.
And when you climb up high in the branches into the treetops, you can see the view.”
Next time I see a treehouse, I’m going to remember that….
Roots in the past reminding me of God’s faithfulness,
a vision from on high of the future He has planned for me.