Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Good Land

The entire verse reads:
So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in His ways and fearing Him.  For the Lord your God is bringing you into a good land of flowing streams and pools of water, with fountains and streams that gush out into the valleys and hills.   It is a land of wheat and barley; of grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates; of olive oil and honey.
Deuteronomy 8: 6-8

If you ask me where in this picture I would place myself, I would say that I am on that bit of narrow path you see up toward the top, where there are still brambles that line the road.  And even though there is still a very real possibility that I could become ensnared, and conceivably entrapped in the wilderness for a while longer, I can now see.  "What can you see?" you ask.

I see a glimpse of the Promised Land, my friend.  

And as excited as I am about the fruity goodness that awaits me there, right now, I am more excited about exiting this wandering business.  I've learned through the winding roads of my wilderness, and in this place I've had to endure the process of healing scars.  When the briars seemed to be taller than I, when all light seemed to be choked out, when I had such little energy to cut away anything more, in the depths of darkness, though, I found grace.  Perhaps one could say, I am a bit thankful for the wilderness, for teaching me about this grace phenomenon, which still confounds me a bit (a lot, actually), but I feel that I have a taste, a small grasp.  I am learning.

As I re-read this post, over and over, I realize that at this time, it cannot be fully complete.  My thoughts are still a bit jumbled because I am still so thick in the process.  There are not formulated sentences that explain it all, but rather, just feelings, perhaps visual illustrations that can attempt to express what I cannot with words.

But in the promised land that I see, there is a Hand that guides me.  It is gentle.  It is kind.  It is overwhelmingly good.  There is hope.  There is light.  There is freedom from anger.  There is freedom from despair, from grief, from the "I-will-never-measure-ups."  There is confession and redemption.  There is letting go and pouring out.  There is a relinquishing of unhealthy fear and a deep reverence for my God. 

There is love.

There is grace.

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19 comments :

  1. I would put myself tip toeing through that bramble lined path with you. I love your words this morning, especially the part about being thankful for the wandering because of what you learn from it.

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  2. Oh for a glimpse of the Promised Land - in the business of life it is hard to keep looking for it - it is nearly like we are too busy with the path and brambles. Great image.

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  3. oh, friend. you are in an awesome place! in my last read of exodus, i realized that god CHOSE the wilderness for his people. there was a much shorter, safer, well-marked route, but right after they left egypt, he had them camping in the wilderness....something to chew on....

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  4. I did post a comment about the Isrealites... but I'm not sure where it went. Anyway, I was saying that God has put before me the past couple of months the journey out of Egypt for the Isrealites, their wilderness experience, that they wanted to go back to what was familiar... etc... I know that I am journeying and I that I have a long way to go... thank you for this post!

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  5. the wilderness..wandering..promised land is near to my heart also Jen.. I love your drawings as always. I totally understand the lack of words to form complete sentences...and the feelings..I so relate with you.
    oh but what awaits. these times can be so fruitful can't they? loving the picture that He is taking sweet time with you..to love you into your calling. teaching you so you will be fully equipped. Jen this is beautiful as you are. Love you much
    xo

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  6. All I can say is, I hope you are keeping all these drawings to chronicle your journey.
    Love you bunches!

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  7. It took me so long to realize it, but there is grace to be found in the wilderness. And something else I noticed just recently: after Jesus is baptized in the Jordan and he heads off to the desert to be tempted by Satan, the text reads that the Holy Spirit LED Jesus into the wilderness. Sometimes God leads on the long and winding and brambly road for a reason.

    Love this post, Jen. Grateful for you in the Graceful community!

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  8. Great words and post to read this morning, If you don't mind I am adding your blog to my blog list at my site.

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  9. Sometimes you don't have to have all the words--the feeling is enough, the feeling when you know He is guiding you, and the excitement to find what is on the other side. What a beautiful place to be!

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  10. I read Isaiah 35:3-10 and the scipture you wrote reminded me of what I read. Did you draw that picture?? Beautiful!

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  11. This post reminds me of the Bible Study by Priscilla Shirer, One in a Million. I just finished facilitating that study last evening and it was such a blessing. It's about wandering through the wilderness to the Promised Land. Certainly not an easy journey but so worth it. A happy week is wished for you!

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  12. Great image! And that verse truly speaks to me at this point in my journey. I am well acquainted with the wilderness. It's a bit intimidating, that's for sure. But there are blessings to be had in the midst of it all.

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  13. I love this picture!!! Just love it and I love that while you're excited about the fuity goodness that awaits you can still enjoy the wandering... I have lots to learn!!!

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  14. You are a very talented artist. This reminded me of Pilgrims Progress.

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  15. Beautiful Jen! This wandering, this journey, this learning... it is all so exciting and wonderful!

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  16. I love reading this post. I found Grace...Amazing!! Sp glad to meet through Jennifer's blog!! Have a lovely and joyful weekend!!

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  17. "The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as He did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, and in the wilderness. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place.” Deu.1:30-31

    Ohhh, I have been and those brambles, Jen-and don't doubt for a minute I will be there again! But I know my Father goes before me, carries me all the way through, just as He carries you right now. Thank you for sharing from your journey in such a beautiful way.

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  18. Soon this verse will describe your journey..."Who is this coming up from the wilderness Leaning on her beloved?" (Song of Solomon 8:5)...so many have lovingly commented already with the Truth of the Wilderness journey...the lessons of the wilderness are so treasured - it is in the wilderness that we learn to lean...your Lenten sketches - as always - are so powerful!

    Blessings...

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  19. A beautiful post and thread of comments ... love

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