Let’s develop a Gentle, Quiet Spirit together.
Falling snow – so quiet, so peaceful. Beautiful in the moonlight. It is necessary to stop and listen for what you cannot hear. Noise is muffled by the snow – and the quiet stillness is quite loud by comparison!
I love the bench in the photo – it reminds me that, even when I do not to make time for God (goodness, it’s COLD out there!) He is always ready. The bench is empty – but holds the promise of a rendezvous! If I can only stop and listen to what God has to tell me in the quiet of the snowfall – I will be rich beyond my dreams!
Gentle is a word that is so misused today. We think of gentle as weak. No – it is more ‘strength under control.’ Noah Webster, who wrote a dictionary in 1828 – fully convinced that God had assigned him the task – says this of Gentle:
Synonyms: Gentle, Tame, Mild, Meek. Gentle describes the natural disposition; tame, that which is subdued by training; mild implies a temper which is, by nature, not easily provoked; meek, a spirit which has been schooled to mildness by discipline or suffering. The lamb is gentle; the domestic fowl is tame; John, the Apostle, was mild; Moses was meek. http://www.1828-dictionary.com/d/search/word,gentle
Would you not want to be similar to Moses and John? So close to God! So USED by God! What a privilege!
So, dear Friend, please meet me here now and again. I hope that we can learn to have a spirit “schooled to mildness.” As we get to know each other better, I will be sharing the ways in which the Lord is disciplining me through suffering.
And, I’d like to hear your story as well.
In the Love of Christ,