As this year of our Lord, 2014, comes to a close, please accept this heart-felt note of appreciation, which is addressed to those who have chosen to be a participant in contemplating “Been Pondering…” postings that contain my various musings. Your decisions to “come alongside” through giving of valuable time in reading, commenting, replying, “FB likes” and asking for specific topics to be addressed have been of extreme significance in our never-ending search for deeper Truth.
As always, I desire to be used by The Most High God in these reflections to teach, to encourage and/or exhort, and to equip those who have invested themselves in this effort. As we function in obedience to His commands and live for the “praise of His glory,” our characters should reveal evidence of a Christian maturation process that is in accordance with God’s good, perfect and acceptable will.
Becoming more and more aware of the times in which we live has deepened my desire to more effectively discern between the sound of God’s gentle whisper and the many “noises” generated by society, our old natures, etc. The many years of Christian living have shown me that delving into God’s Word while inviting the leadership of His Spirit and listening for His voice are valuable keys in the discernment process.
Needing the provision of time for proper execution of the call, I am implementing a sabbatical from penning the Been Pondering… blog; this is an appropriate prerequisite for proper results, but it does not include taking time off from utilization of other spiritual gifts, which are granted for building up other members of the Body of Christ. In addition, considering future Been Pondering… postings will be included within my objective.
If you have not “come alongside” with this Been Pondering… remnant, but desire to be a more effective servant of your Savior as Lord and Master, you are most welcome to read or re-read the previously posted Been Pondering… items at any time. There is always room for one more who chooses to still their soul (mind, will and emotion) in silence, listening with sensitivity (in their spirit) for His voice. To those who choose to lend an ear, may your natural hearing of the lyrics in the embedded song prove to be complementary in this sojourn to know Him better!
“Still Your Soul in Silence” Lyrics
In the lives of those who follow there is going to come a time
When rhythm starts to stumble and singsong swallows rhyme
When imaginations crumble, false foundations turn to dust
Towers fall to piles of stones and girders into rust
Till you let the blood of Jesus wash the rubble from your mind
And your eyes again can see the one you almost left behind
When theology’s in tatters and reason is absurd
Still your soul in silence and listen for His word
So many turns, so many ways, so many voices cry
Standing at the crossroads watching time go flashing by
Indecision paralyzes, it’s the fear of choosing wrong
But waiting is a step itself, and your wondering too long
So again you search the Scripture, and again you ask your friends
But last of all the One who knows the beginning from the end
In the clamor and confusion and the blindness of your choice
Still your soul in silence, and listen for His voice
Rome is full of ruins, Babylon is gone
The temple’s just a memory that some still dwell upon
But deep within a place that sword and veil had once denied
A tree of life is growing, living waters flow beside
Far beyond all human reason and words upon a page
His glory lightens all who fret their hour upon this stage
To know Him is our freedom, to hear Him is release
To fix your heart and soul on Him is rest and perfect peace