– Secret Place Insights –
Dear One, how can I make the comparison that I hope to make without mentioning what I am sick of mentioning? It seems that I can’t, so I will. The Far Place my title refers to is the place I was during early Covid days. True, I wasn’t there because of the virus. My circumstances were due to a difficult recovery from a couple of miserable problems. Who cares what they were, for in this telling, the Far Place is not the focus. The focus is the Amazing Place, the place which I hope every person who isn’t yet familiar might someday become familiar.
During my time spent in the Far Place, I never forgot the Amazing Place, but in my discomfort I did not get there. Okay, for you long time readers, you know what I am referring to…the time spent alone with God. Oh yes, during my recovery, I did call out to God, but only here and there in the midst of the worst of my misery. Day after day, my struggle kept me from seeking time alone with God. Though He was near, I always seemed to be in the Far Place.
After weeks had passed, I finally sat down with my Bible, and was grateful to be there, but since I was still hurting the time spent there was a strain. Such short visits continued until finally one morning I sat down at my desk without a head heavy from pain pills. I was rested, and somewhat refreshed and nearly free of pain.
I gratefully moved my hand over the onion pages of my Bible, and greeted God with a full heart. After an hour had passed, I had yet to began reading in Second Kings. The sweet hour was filled with soft whisperings, sporadic prayers, quiet songs and the listening ears of a quiet heart. It seemed as though I had finally returned from a far, far place to be joyously gathered once again by God into His Amazing Place.
While basking in the Place Like No Other, the words of the hymn, Have Thine Own Way, Lord, returned again and again to be sung with deep sincerity.
“Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own Way!
Thou art the Potter; I am the clay.
Mould me and make me after Thy will,
While I am waiting, Yielded and still.”
“Have Thine own way, Lord! Have Thine own way!
Hold o’er my being absolute sway!
Fill with Thy Spirit till all shall see
Christ only, always, living in me!”
The desire for God to mold me and make me after His will was as strong as it ever had been. After a glance at the clock, I had to move on to God’s Word, and then to intercessory prayer. The Word was rich and the prayers alive with the Guiding Spirit. So often, when Man lingers with God Amazing things happen. In the Far Place…little happened.
During the worst of my recovery, I wish I had been stronger, and not allowed shingles and a knee replacement to keep me so long in the Far Place, but this I know, when I called out God heard me, and He cared. “Thank you, Lord. You are more, much more, than amazing.”
“I love those who love me, and those who seek me
diligently will find me.” Proverbs 8:17
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