Transformation Garden - January 25, 2017

January 25

Today’s Texts and Thoughts of Encouragement

“The Lord will be the place of repair of His people.”

Joel 3:16
Trans

“Pour out thy love like the rush of a river;
Wasting its waters forever and ever,
Through the burnt sands that reward not the giver:
Silent or songful, thou nearest the sea.
Scatter thy life as the summer’s shower pouring;
What if no bird through the pearl rain is soaring?
What if no blossom looks upward adoring?
Look to the life that was lavished for thee!

So the wild wind strews its prefunded caresses;
Evil and thankless the desert it blesses;
Bitter the wave that its soft pinion presses;
Never it ceases to whisper and sing.
What if the hard heart give thorns for thy roses?
What is on rocks thy tired bosom reposes?
Sweeter is music with minor – keyed closes,
Fairest the vines that on ruin will cling.”

Author Unknown

Today’s Study Text:

“And they woke Him up and said to Him, ‘Master, does it make no difference to You that we are sinking?’”

Mark 4:38
Goodspeed New Testament

“But He (Himself) was in the stern of the boat, asleep on the leather cushion.”

Mark 4:38
Amplified Bible

EXPLORATION:

“The Prince of Peace” – Part 7

“Master, Carest Thou Not?”

“Civilla D. Martin (1869-1948) was confined to a sickbed. Unable to leave the house, she composed the words of a song one Sunday afternoon in 1904 that expressed her faith amid trial. When she showed her husband the words after he returned from a preaching mission, he sat down at a pump organ in their home and composed the tune – appropriately called “Martin.” This hymn, born on a bed of affliction, became a source of comfort for many who bear the burdens of illness and hardship.”

Songs in the Night
Henry Gariepy

God Will Take Care of You

“Be not dismayed whatever betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath His wings of love abide,
Good will take care of you.

Through days of toil when heart doth fail,
God will take care of you;
When dangers fierce your path assail,
God will take care of you;

All you may need He will provide,
God will take care of you;
Nothing you ask will be denied
God will take care of you;

God will take care of you;
Through every day, o’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you”

Civilla D. Martin

Have you ever, like Jesus’ disciples said to Him, “Master, careth not that I perish?”

“He is to us everything which is good and comforting for our help. He is our clothing who wraps and enfolds us for love, embraces us and shelters us, surrounds us for His love which is so tender that He may never desert us.”

Julian of Norwich
Revelations of Divine Love
14th Century

INSPIRATION:

“Casting all your cares upon Him; for He careth for you.”

1 Peter 5:7
K.J.V.

The story below is told by Amy Carmichael, in her treasure of a book of devotional readings, Whispers of His Power:

“An old woman was walking along the road very wearily, carrying a big bundle, and a friendly carter gave her a lift. Presently he turned round and saw that she was still holding her bundle in her arms, instead of putting it down in the cart. When he asked her why she did such a thing, she replied; ‘It is asking too much of you, to carry my bundle as well as me.’ You laugh at the story, but did you ever do just the same yourself? Are you a little bit anxious about the test of the difficult? Next time remember – He who carries you, carries your bundle too, ‘casting all your care, upon Him; for He careth for you,’ does not mean ‘cast all your other burdens, but be sure to carry this particular one yourself.’ All means all.”

As together we continue our journey across the Sea of Galilee with Jesus and His disciples, we are able to recognize that the fierceness of the stormy night left the disciples with the overwhelming feeling that “just maybe” Jesus didn’t care about the disastrous position they found themselves in.

With their sleeping Master, seemingly oblivious to the crisis they faced, in desperation they finally went to the right person, crying out, “Don’t You care that we perish?” However, the take-away from these words of hopelessness, is that at least, the despairing disciples turned to Jesus when they were feeling threatened. We may think they could have gone to Him sooner, right when the storm began. My take on this event is that thankfully they did, finally, turn to their sleeping Master. For as I’ve found in my own life, sometimes I fear that I might disturb Jesus too much as I hound Him with the needs in my life that have left me feeling alone and helpless.

Poet and author, Miriam Thomas Winter expresses in her melodious voice, the cry many of us have when our burdens are too great and we wonder if any one cares. What’s more we believe that Jesus is either asleep or taking care of someone with bigger and more urgent problems. He has no clue how terrified we really are. As Poet Winter penned: “Look upon me, have mercy upon me, for I am heavily burdened. The cares I carry are weighing me down. I am losing all perspective. My eyes no longer see the stars in this never-ending night. I am crippled by fear and anxiety…Bend down to me and lift me up to face myself with courage. Let me see to another’s sorrow, share another’s injustice, bear another’s burdens, and in the process lose my own.”

When we run into the unexpected and sudden storms in our own lives, it would do us well to remember that Jesus is always present in our lives. All we have to do is call out and His help is only a cry away. As Christian author E. White so beautifully pens her portrayal of the disciples experience on the storm tossed Sea of Galilee: “Absorbed in their efforts to save themselves, (the disciples) had forgotten that Jesus was on board. Seeing their labor vain and only death before them, they remembered at whose command they had set out to cross the sea. In Jesus was their only hope. In their helplessness and despair they cried, ‘Master, Master!’ But the dense darkness hid Him from their sight…Doubt and fear assailed them. Had Jesus forsaken them? Was He unmindful of them in their distress?...How could (Jesus) rest so peacefully while they are in danger and battling with death?” You may feel right at this moment that your battered little boat is going to sink because you are totally at the mercy of the powerful wind and the whipping waves. But Author White leaves us with this comforting assurance: “Never did a soul utter a cry unheeded…(Jesus) stands in the midst of His disciples, while the tempest rages, and the waves break over them.” Never forget that the Master of land and sea stands in the midst of your storm ravaged life today and He will not leave you unattended or uncared for. What’s more, as you follow where He leads, you can be assured that though the darkness blots out your path, He knows the way and will see that you get across the lake to the other side.

As we pause to reflect on the cries for help coming from the storm tossed boats on the Sea of Galilee so long ago, the words of James S. Stewart give us hope for our lives today: “God does not mock His children with a night that has no ending; and to every person who stands resolute while the darkness lasts, there comes at length the vindication of faith and the breaking of the day.”

AFFIRMATION:

Does Jesus Care?

“Does Jesus care when my heart is pained-
Too deeply for mirth and song;
As the burdens press, and the cares distress,
And the way grows weary and long?

Does Jesus care when my way is dark
With a nameless dread and fear?
As the daylight fades into deep night shades,
Dose He care enough to be near?

Does Jesus care when I’ve said good-bye
To the dearest on earth to me,
And my sad heart aches till it nearly breaks
Is it aught to Him? Does He see?

O Yes, He cares
I know He cares!
His heart is touched with my grief;
When the days are weary,
The long nights dreary,
I know my Savior cares.”

 

Frank E. Graeff
1860-1919

Your friend,

Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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