Wednesday, September 14, 2005

His Trial Not Ours

My friend Becky sends along the following quote from Streams in the Desert and then adds her personal comments. Becky is going through a time of trial and transition but is experiencing God's grace in incredible ways. Please keep Becky in your prayers. Check out her site for some sensitive and transparent entries at:

Here's the devotional from Streams in the Desert:

"Child of My love, lean hard, and let Me feel the pressure of your care; I know your burden, child. I shaped it; balanced it in Mine Own hand; made no proportion in its weight to your unaided strength, for even as I laid it on, I said, this burden will be Mine, not hers; so will I keep My child within the circling arms of My Own love.

Here lay it down, nor fear the government of worlds. Yet closer come: you are not near enough. I would embrace your care; so I might feel My child reclining on My breast. You love Me, I know. So then do not doubt; but loving Me, lean hard."

Becky adds these thoughts:

My favourite two lines in this poem are, "Child of My love" and "For even as I laid it on, I said this burden will be Mine, not hers." What an awesome thought. First that I am a child of His love. And secondly, even before I felt the full extent of this trial, God claimed it as His to bear, not mine. What a relief to know that it is His! And so, I will lean harder on Him tonight than I have ever leaned before! There is far too much for me to carry right now. I will gladly lift this weight off of my shoulders and give it to Him to carry. It will please Him because He loves me so!

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