Tuesday, August 25

Not a Day for Words


Today is one of those days. You know. You’ve had them. Your heart is aching because life aimed its fiery darts at your heart and set it on fire and you need to hear some precious words of comfort from the Lord.

Maybe you tossed all night, kicking off the hot covers, turning over the tear-stained pillow a thousand times, hearing nothing but the beat of your own heart.

Maybe you watched for the first glint of dawn, as the clock seduced you to check it every fifteen minutes.

Maybe the words you need to hear are not for yourself but for someone you love dearly who is hurting, deeply hurting.

You yell out, “Lord, where are You?”

Then comes this whisper from the Still Small Voice…

“Today is not a day for many words. Just believe and sit quietly before Me. Open your heart and be aware of My Presence.”

After that, no more words. Nada. Zilch. Zippity-do-dah!

But then, verses bubble up from within…

*“Be still, and know…” (Ps. 46:10 NKJV)

*“But He answered her not a word.” (Matt. 15:23 NKJV)

*“She came and, kneeling, worshiped Him and kept praying.” (Matt. 15:25 Amp)

*“And behold, a woman…stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil.” (Luke 7:37-38 NKJV)

How often do we sit at the feet of our Lord just to feel His nearness, His heartbeat, His love? How often do we seek a handout rather than to hold His hand? Do we open our hearts and pour out upon Him that precious perfume of our love…without saying a word?

David wrote, “What a blessing is that stillness as He brings them safely into harbor!” (Ps. 107:30 TLB) When you experience His stillness, may it be a soft resonance within you as harmony, safety, and peace.

Oh, Lord, when in the blackest hours of my pain, when adversity attempts to overwhelm me, and there is no word from You, I will believe You are still near. I will believe You linger by my side, though unnoticed, holding my hand, though not felt. I will believe You gently wipe away all my tears. I will believe You lovingly hold my heart in Your nail-scarred hands. I will believe You soothe all my hurts. Lord, may I sit adoringly at Your feet to seek Your Presence rather than Your hand, to seek Your heartbeat rather than Your words. Amen!

50 Responses
  1. Thank you, Lynn. Although is not one of those days for me (fortunately!), I have had my share of them. Your pleas as so right! We do need to turn to Jesus, not away from Him, when the pain of this world overwhelms us.


  2. Wonderful thoughts, Lynn, thank you. Being too much of a 'Martha', I need reminders like this.


  3. As always, very well versed, Lynn. Sending prayers your way, for thoughts such as these can only come from experience.


  4. I believe it was the Lord's plan at work when I came across your blog post this evening. Thank you, Lynn. I needed to hear these words and I leaned on every one.


  5. Lynn you are very gifted to express your deep emotions so beautifully. I think we can all relate. And then .. the precious comfort and peace that comes from our Lord. Oh let us magnify the Lord together let us exalt His name forever. How He loves you and I.
    Thank you Lynn for sharing


  6. Andi Says:

    Thanks Lynn! Beautifully said! I can't tell you how I tossed and turned last night worrying about my daughter going to a new school and not wanting her to not fit in all those things that go with being in a new high school. Everything was fine. I wasn't though. It is so easy to get our focus off of what it needs to be. Thanks for this beautiful post to direct my focus back where it belongs.


  7. Dave Says:

    Lynn, I have lived every night and day with those feelings for the past ten months. He is with you and he loves you very much. I know that he lies next to me at this very moment and he is holding my hand and stroking my hair. I have spent my fair share of time wondering what I did to deserve all of this pain but then I remember.it's not all about me. It's all about him. If I focus on him and not myself , my heart grows lighter and I know that if I just believe in him I will get through this. My tear soaked pillow will one day be dry again if I just keep believing in him. I hope that helped and didn't make things worse, God Bless, David


  8. Nikole Hahn Says:

    I spent many hours on my knees when those fiery darts came in a shower of pain. I was like a drowning woman clawing the water to get to the surface, but not getting there. Healing took twice as long, and I am still healing. Things are much better now. God worked and is working now in my life in supernatural ways. A good book I would reccomend is, "The heartache no one sees," by Sheila Walsh. That and Boundaries by Dr. Cloud and Townsend helped get me past; that and the Word of God. He is with you, Lynn, and He loves you. He really, really loves you. Sleep well tonight.



  9. Dearest Lynn,

    Tears. Truth. Your words penetrate my heart and all my self-centered prayers. Such a tender Savior; instead of celebrating Him, I allow myself to get caught up in the worries of life that can snuff out the sweetness, the tenderness, and yes, the still, small voice of our Beloved.

    Thank you for your tender soul that points me back to what is most important, to what I could so easily miss by allowing the uproar of my demands drown out the sweetness of His love . . . His sacrificial love that called Him to give His very life out of love for me! How could I be so blinded, deafened by my own neediness when He stands there quietly . . . ready to give me His all . . . indeed, He already has.

    Thank you so much, sweet sister, for leading me back into His arms where I feel no needs, no demands, and find . . . His love . . . is enough. It is everything. I weep. In His arms. Engulfed in His love. Humbled, thankful for His forgiveness. Finding what I needed all along... for He IS love!

    He leads me back to verses He showed me earlier this week:

    Psalm 46: God is our refuge & strength, an ever present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah (translating-via Wikipedia- Selah = "Stop and listen").

    (And how can we not fear with the very earth caving in?) . . . Because "The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress....Be still, and know that I am God....The Lord Almighty is WITH us; the God of Jacob IS our fortress."

    Thank you dear sweet sister for helping me to "stop and listen," "to be still and know," to remember "He is WITH us!"

    So thankful for you, I love you dear sister!

    Angie


  10. Marja Says:

    Thanks Lynn, well written and so true! I have had months, even years like that, yet.... I know that I know that I know that He is still there, watching over me!!


  11. Sylvia Says:

    That is so beautiful, heart-felt and sensitive Lynn. Words directly from the Lord. Thank you for being His instrument. The Lord bless you.


  12. Lynn,
    I related so much to this post..especially last week. I had one of those exact nites. I was determined after my heart had been pierced w/ by so many "fiery darts" that I was just going to close the door on it & hang the "Do Not Disturb" sign.
    I decided to go to the one place I know where I can always be still & focused-The Ocean. I don't speak much when I'm there. Rather, I listen for God's voice and his calling. There hav been times when I have sat on that beach & I hav reached me arm over to touch the sand because I felt like Jesus was sitting right next to me. It's a feeling of comfort, peace & love that is only found in him. He heals my heart and makes it "open for business" again.
    Thanks so much Lynn. I pray that God will continue to annoint you with his prescence as you pour out his wisdom, love and JOY on your blog posts.


  13. So powerful and true!


  14. Thank you, Lynn for reminding me of the way God has brought me through so many fires and floods and 2 a.m. awake nights.

    Several years ago I memorized the NIV version of Psalm 91, the Psalm of Protection. Now when my mind jumps on that hamster wheel and starts running in place, I jump off again by reciting that Psalm: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty..." That is my place of peace and quiet and protection.

    Be blessed!

    Lynnda


  15. Debbie Says:

    Lynn, so often I long to actually FEEL Him. But I know what I know and that is ...He is here with me and with you. Even when we don't feel Him. Sitting at the feet of Jesus and knowing that He loves us and cares about every little thing that impacts us. I'm so glad nothing happens to me that isn't first filtered through His fingers of love. Love you Lynn. You are a blessing to me.
    Love,
    Debbie


  16. Lynn

    Such a wonderful piece. The truth of God's word is never ending. The knowledge of God's children ever growing. The comfort of His word, is like that of a child in a mothers arms. We done.

    Louis


  17. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post from your beautiful heart, Lynn! The Lord has truly spoken to you in those times of being still and knowing of His presence, and it's such a help to us reading the blessing you pour out here. In those days and nights of suffering it helps to soak in the Lord's never failing love.


  18. Sandra King Says:

    Such tenderness from your heart to ours and to His. When we drink His word at high tide and store it deep within, those verses can bubble up in the silences of low times. Then we can hide in the shadow of His wing and be comforted. You, we, are His Beloved.

    Sandy


  19. susanlani Says:

    Lynn, Thank you. This brought tears to my eyes.


  20. Gigi Says:

    This was beautiful. Yesterday they buried my sweet Brannigan on Adonai's birthday. They are both together in Heaven and probably playing soccer. Funny how my one love could meet the other.

    I was tempted to be angry but I realized that isn't an option. Could I ever question the Lord's wisdom for my life? Could I begrudge them for leaving me behind?

    The heart and mind have a great capacity for healing; especially when we allow God and not the world to be in control.

    My tears will continue to flow but I know I will see them both again but until then my heart must go on.

    In times like these I think about Mary the mother of Jesus and wonder how her heart was breaking as her son got closer to Calvary. Perhaps the Lord called Brannigan home in such a tragic way because HE knew I would never be able to see him suffer.

    Thanks for writing this and for lifting me up in prayer. I love you too much and then some ;+)

    Your little Gigi girl ~Romans 8:28


  21. Beautiful post, Lynn!

    I like that among all the posts full of words, your post encouraged us to not shrink from a day with no words. But, to walk towards it with a prayerful heart.

    Thank you.


  22. Vicki Says:

    Lynn, thank you so much for this beautiful, sensitive post. There is much pressing in on us on any given day - and this summer has been especially hard for me. When I read your words, my heart nods with understanding because I've certainly had days (and nights) when He seems silent and far away. Yet I know in these times He is so very near, carrying us. Thinking of you today and thanking Him for your giving, encouraging heart of love for all the saints.



  23. lynnmosher Says:

    Jodi, Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment. You've made me heart happy! Bless you!


  24. lynnmosher Says:

    Pegg, That happens sometimes, doesn't it? Thanks so much for commenting! Blessings to you!


  25. lynnmosher Says:

    Betty, You're so sweet. Thank you! And thank you for the prayers! Bless you!


  26. lynnmosher Says:

    Melanie, Thank you. I'm so glad the Lord used my words to touch your heart. Blessings to you!


  27. lynnmosher Says:

    Martha, Oh, yes! Let us magnify the Lord together! Amen! Thank you for your sweet words! Bless you!


  28. lynnmosher Says:

    Andi, Thanks so much for your comment. Hope everything is hunky-dunky at your house now. May the Lord bless you!


  29. lynnmosher Says:

    Dave, I am so sorry to hear of your plight. This was experienced some time ago and was written because I know so many others are hurting, especially one special friend. I have learned that praise changes things, especially my attitude and takes the focus off me-my-and mine! Hope things improve for you. I'll be praying for you. Let me know how you're doing. Be blessed with peace and comfort.


  30. lynnmosher Says:

    Nikole, I've responded elsewhere to your comment but I just wanted to tell thank you again for your kind words. May the Lord bless you!


  31. This was God-timed for me, for my family. Thank you. His Word truly does not return to Him empty, however silent His voice.


  32. lynnmosher Says:

    Kimberly, Thank you for taking time to read this and comment. I so appreciate your faithfulness. Bless you!


  33. lynnmosher Says:

    Angie, I am always so in awe of how the Lord chooses to touch others through something I write. It brings me to tears to know this has touched your heart. May the Lord bless you with peace and comfort.


  34. lynnmosher Says:

    Hey, Marja, my dear friend! I thank you so much for being such a faithful follower. I pray all is well with you. May the Lord bless you!


  35. lynnmosher Says:

    Sylvia, Thank you for your sweet words and being another faithful reader. You make my heart very happy! Bless you!


  36. lynnmosher Says:

    Melinda, I pray your nights have improved. How awesome you have a place to go to be with Jesus, such a wonderful place as the beach. Thank you so much for your precious prayer. I deeply appreciate it. Blessings to you!


  37. lynnmosher Says:

    Sue, So good to see your sweet face! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. May the Lord bless you!


  38. lynnmosher Says:

    Lynnda, Thank you so much for commenting. God's Word is indeed powerful, isn't it? Just to speak it is so comforting. Blessings to you!


  39. lynnmosher Says:

    Debbie, That's such a comfort, isn't it, to know it is all filtered through His fingers. Thank you for your sweet words. Still praying for your house! Be blessed!


  40. lynnmosher Says:

    Louis, Thank you so much for coming to visit. I deeply appreciate it. May the Lord bless you!


  41. lynnmosher Says:

    Connie, It's always wonderful to have you visit. You are so sweet to comment. Blessings to you!


  42. lynnmosher Says:

    Sandy, Such a precious comment. Bless you for your kind words. Makes my heart very happy. Be blessed!


  43. lynnmosher Says:

    Susan, Such precious tears. Thank you so much for coming by. May the Lord bless you in whatever you need.


  44. lynnmosher Says:

    Gigi, my Gigi! I know this piece has touched your heart. It was you I had i mind when I wrote it. May the Lord bring you peace and comfort throughout the coming days. From my heart to yours...


  45. lynnmosher Says:

    Bonnie, Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting. So nice to see you. Blessings to you!


  46. lynnmosher Says:

    Vicki, Bless you, dear one, for your comment. May the Lord bless you!


  47. lynnmosher Says:

    Suzanne, What an honor to have you stop by. Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment. Blessings to you!


  48. lynnmosher Says:

    Kelly, Bless you, dear one. I'm honored the Lord has used this to touch you. Be blessed!