A beautiful poem by Cynthia Heald from the book Becoming a Woman of Simplicity that wonderfully describes the place the Lord has so graciously brought me to. Not in my own strength could I have ever come to the place of peace and rest that comes from abiding in Him.
The Father Spoke:
How are you, My child?
I am well, Father.
Are you tired?
Occasionally, I am tired physically, but rarely is my spirit tired.
What has made the difference?
Your presence, Your Shepherding, Your yoke.
What you have learned?
I’ve learned that when I keep company with You, I live in the unforced rhythms of grace. I’ve learned to take one day at a time and trust You with my life. I’ve realized that only as I abide can I experience Your rest and live as You intend.
How has your life changed?
I love You more deeply. I treasure our times together. My perspective toward the world and my involvement in it has changed, my priorities have changed; I am less fussy and more flexible. I sense a new freedom to rest, love, and serve. I am more joyful. I am still in the process of simplifying my life, but I am on the right path to become a woman of simplicity.
And what of your heart?
It is at rest. It is set on living simply and purely in devotion to Christ.
Good, My child. “Surely goodness and unfailing love will pursue you all the days of your life and you will live with me forever.”