Monday, August 13, 2012

the things the mountains say

Braunwald, Switzerland. Where Hannah Hunard wrote "Hinds Feet on High Places". Get me there. SOON
This morning I had a sweet reminder from a mentor + friend to think on "the certainty of God's promises" in Hebrews 6.
I can lose myself so often in all the expectations (fueled by the world around me and my own wicked heart) and the plans I decide will be my own. But then, to be reminded of the TRUTH, that I don't have to do any of that. I don't have to be expectant of anything other than that HE has gone ahead of me. He is a SURE and STEADFAST anchor for my soul. I can trust Him. So what more is there to do than to let loose my grip and walk ahead and love those put in my life. Without concern for myself. What an incredible thing that we are freed up, by His grace, to lose that selfish concern and consider others greater. To pour ourselves out, in the smallest and simplest ways. It is a simple and yet profound thing to say and believe that I trust in Him. But it ends in truly believing that love is absolutely the happiest thing. "There is pain too, certainly. But Love does not think that very significant."

"The secret of expreriencing true love is to go lower. Pour yourself down. Go lower and lower. Give and give and give, and serve with joyful abandonment...
Love is not a feeling. It is an overmastering passion to help and bless and deliver and comfort and strengthen and give joy to others just as the Lord Jesus always did.
Here on earth we have the opportunity to do what the God of love does all the time, and to learn to abandon ourselves to loving, to giving, to seeking, and to saving others. Not a lovely feeling of affection, but the extreme eternal ecstasy of creating happiness and good and blessed things for others to enjoy. To cast ourselves down like the Brumbach Falls, in happy giving, asking for nothing in return except the joy of doing so. When we really begin to learn and practice that lesson we shall begin to feel "at home" in the eternal world of selfless love...
God has been saying to me over and over again, "It is so happy to love without asking to be loved in return. Dare to be happy!" -Hannah Hurnard

Believe steadfastly in the invisible things. "For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. 
2 Corinthians 4:18

So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. 
Hebrews 6:17-20