Tuesday, February 20, 2007
In Other Words
Laurel Wreath is hosting "In Other Words" today. Be sure to go and read all the other posts on this quote by Madame Guyon.
Not too long ago I wrote about a chorus that we sing in our church that speaks to my heart every time we sing it. One of the lines from that chorus is "Why do we just touch the surface of His power and infinite love?" I've thought about that so often lately. I long to go deeper, to know Him more - and yet so often I am just skimming the surface of all that He is.
As I read this quote, I realized the same is true as I read His word. So often it is so familiar I just skim over it. Perhaps I am looking for the answer I want to find. Or perhaps I'm just needing to get a certain amount read to cover the reading for that day. Every once in a while, though, something pierces my heart, and I stop to read it again. It begins to minister to me in a way I hadn't even thought I needed, but He knew. It becomes the sweet honey my soul was longing for.
If the bees never stopped to penetrate deep withing the flower to extract the treasure it held, it would soon become weak for lack of nourishment. It would also affect the other members of the hive. Soon all of them would suffer the same fate. So it is with me. If I don't take the time to dig deep into the word, to penetrate to the heart of what the Father is saying to me, my spirit will become weak. It will also affect those around me - the very ones I want to minister to and bless.
I am convicted that I am far too often like a busy little bee flying among an abundant source of nourishment and only skimming the surface. I need to stop my flight and penetrate deep into the word - to taste and see that the Lord is good.