Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Strong Comfort

Once upon a time, as a mother of four teens I observed an important fact. My faithful God, in His mercy, never allowed all four to be in teen crisis at the same time.
And there were always crises about. There, at all times was at least one whose days were smooth flowing.

At that same time I learned something far greater in value, that my part was to commit and entrust to Clearer Eyes and Stronger Hands these my darlings.

Such is our family's reality just now. While there are not any situations which could be labeled crisis, as such, still there are many grievous challenges, hurts and disappointments, longings, and physical issues that cause concern. These can weigh like mighty stones on a mother's heart.

So my thoughts go back to the early days and lessons.

To commit is to consign for preservation, for safe keeping.

To entrust in this case is not the dictionary's example of "entrusting ones life to a frayed rope" but rather to One who is a strong cable and a steadfast anchor.

The scripture from which all this springs? The promised preservation and safe keeping of my beloveds?

"...I have knowledge of and am acquainted with Him
Whom I believed, trusted in and relied on,
and am positively persuaded that He is able to guard
and keep
that which has been entrusted to me
and which I have committed to Him
until that day."
~II Timothy 1.12, Amplified


  1. footprints. :) I like the part about 'teen crisis'. Knowing what I know now, I wish I could go back and tell emotional me to chill out before mom pulls all her hair out... :) How hormonal.

  2. "I Know Whom I Have Believed" ~ one of my MANY favorite songs. Thank you for the gentle reminder that I was so in need of! It was a pleasure stopping by your blog today. :)