He is Able

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I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him… 2 Timothy 1:12

He came to me that morning, because the deep dread of disappointment was setting me up for despair, and we both know that danger for me.  I was feisty and tearful, weak from my effort to keep from drowning, angry and helpless.

Suddenly He was there. He gave me no speech, He taught me no lesson, He gave me no word . . . but He silently indicated I was to rise and follow.

A deep fog shrouded the landscape–a fog of mystery, a fog of eternal verities swallowing up the details of my temporal pain, a fog in which I was deprived of sight and understanding.  We climbed a steep hill with difficult footing. I kept close behind Him, my mind temporarily relieved by the exertion of the exercise, wondering where He was taking me.  It was not long before I knew the answer.

He stopped and I saw the wooden upright, barely discernable in the fog. The crossbar loomed over our heads, mostly unseen. Something akin to sadness coupled with familiar relief filled my heart as I stood there with Him. He knew every inch of that ground. Nothing was said, but I knew He had brought me there to bury what I was holding on to so hard, unwilling to let it go, because I felt as if my entire life hung on it.  Getting down on my knees, I began to dig with bare hands, the soil giving away as calm certainty began to fill me.

Suddenly I was back in my quiet time chair in the dark of the very early morning, alone in my cellar study. The unbearable battle was over and I was going to be OK. Do not ask me how I know, but I know that when next I see what I buried at the foot of that cross–on the other side of time–it will be transformed into glory.

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory… 2 Corinthians 4:17

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  I Peter 5:10

 

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I can’t imagine how I would live in Him, draw from Him, be guided taught and constantly saved by Him… without the continuous unfolding of the divine dialogue between us. Yes, Jesus Christ speaks through the written Scripture…. every line of the sacred Bible holds a veritable universe of power locked up in its meaning.  But He also speaks through dreams and visions. He teaches through symbolic moments when you “get” what He is illustrating.  He keys us into the specific truth He wants us to grasp in a certain season, by bringing it to us multiple times over a short period of time, so that we recognize it.  The divine dialogue flows to us through His orchestration of our circumstances.

No matter where we are, His word comes to find us,
to lead us from where we are to where we are meant-to-be.

His word comes to find my soul, when I am sinking in disappointment threatened by despair to bring me to where I am meant-to-be.

Yesterday, even as beautiful music filled the air and I was pulling my favorite Christmas decorations from tissue-paper filled boxes, moved with sweet memories of Christmases past… a personal heartbreak bore down on me, wearing me down.  For several days, the Lord has been walking me through a silent grief, coaching me, encouraging me. But mid-afternoon, I began to crumble.

Swiftly He was there.  “AM I ABLE?” was all He asked.

“You are able,” I responded.

For a moment I was back on that fog shrouded hill at the foot of the cross, needing to bury my heartbreak . . . with its attending grief, my burning sense of injustice, and my pain in seeing her whom I love being savaged by her enemy.

“You are able,” my soul declared.

In that instant, grief let go. “You are able!  You are able!”  For the rest of the day I sang those words, and each time my energy leapt. Creativity and joy flooded me. It was a beautiful day.

And then, this morning… what was the Scripture meeting me on the page of my daily devotional?  [1]

I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to him… 2 Timothy 1:12

My heart leapt … we are so tracking together!  This divine dialogue is how I abide in Him; it is how I know Him; it is how I walk with Him. It enables me to experience His power in my life, because it brings me the specific words that I need to hear and believe in a specific circumstance.  We receive God’s power into our life as we receive the thoughts He is thinking through us.

How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How vast is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.   Psalm 139:17, 18

And now, Beloved, what about you?

Are you aware of the dialogue flowing softly in your life? Do you dwell in the intimacy of relationship that can only take place where there is ongoing, real communication? Is He helping you process whatever circumstances are presently bearing down on you, coaching you through?

His power to make this the reality of your life does not lie in anything that you are or do. It lies in your answer to His question “AM I ABLE?”

 

 

 


[1] Daily Light, Morning and Evening; Thomas Nelson Publishers.  A devotional devoid of human commentary, made up of only verses drawn from all over the Bible.  My new favorite.  Bound in leather with gold guilt on the cover.

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  1. Mary Beshear says:

    Dearest Valerie,
    thank you for the wonderful inspiration…so needed. especially during this season when we spend energy trying not to carry our hidden disappointments into the celebration of His amazing birth. He is able to help us bury injustices and personal hurts. He is able to walk us through to joy, despite circumstances. He is able!
    thank you, dear friend.
    hugs to you

  2. Jean says:

    Thank you friend for taking the time to write during such a busy time of year. His Spirit in me is so stirred by your words, because they are truth, and they feed my hungry soul. They encourage me to press on and to be always seeking that divine dialogue through the many ways He speaks. Please pray that I be awakened to His voice and all He longs to teach me and that I may respond in obedience.

  3. Shella Black says:

    Beautiful. Precious. Oh how He loves you and me. Oh, how He loves you and me. He gave His life, what more could He give? Oh how He loves you and me.

    I have used your line, “No matter where we are, His word comes to find us, to take us from where we are to where we are meant to be” more times than I can count, so thank you. Profoundly valuable at just the right moments.

    I pray with you for the one you love, knowing that our God is able to do more than we can hope for or imagine. And I stand with you. Prayerfully.

    Love.

  4. Betty Darr says:

    Valerie,
    I was so glad to see your post again. It seems like I have not received one in a long time, and I do love getting them! Thank you for bringing the message of His strong reassurance that we find in His word. His promises are true, He is faithful, and HE IS ABLE. (And I LOVE the song that is sung to this verse – it is a battle cry!)

  5. Kim says:

    Thank you my sweet teacher who God has used so very many times in my life to bring me encouragement, comfort and peace. This has been a particularly difficult week with Satin striking some difficult blows, but once again I am reminded that HE IS ABLE to protect me. Amen and Merry Christmas my dear friend. Love, Kim Likins

  6. Seth Barnes says:

    Life can be so dispiriting – I don’t know how people do it without connecting with a personal God who whispers comforts and counsel to encourage us on our way.

    Thanks for seeing this so clearly, Valerie. And for illustrating it with your ongoing conversation.

    It’s good to see more commenters joining you on the journey!

  7. “The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.” Proverbs 4:18

    Valerie, your path, tracking with God, is thrilling to this mother’s heart. Flooded with the light of wisdom and righteousness, earned through long-suffering, “He is Able” will enrich and enlighten all your readers.

    A very familiar world to me is the “deep fog shrouded landscape and hills with difficult footing”. Not just in a spiritual sense but in reality, as I have spent many summers living on a Maine island where a thick veil of fog would slip across the water in soft white silence, wrapping its wisps around our shoreline home. The only sound in this mist-shrouded world was a mournful fog horn. And just when it seemed the fog would never clear, shafts of light finally pierced the haze, The world became ablaze again, bathed in His love and light.

    As I read “He is Able”, a fresh sea breeze stirred, and the curtain slowly lifted. He came to me in a soft zephyr of a whisper nudging my heart and then in a clanging gong of conviction ringing through my soul. I don’t recognize Him this way often, too distracted and busy, trying to manage my life. But just as a ghostly ship emerges from the fog on a mist-shrouded sea, so God is able to appear in the midst of my life, anywhere, any time and I know at that moment I am “receiving the thoughts He is thinking about me”! Abiding…He in me and I in Him!

    Thank you, thank you, dear Valerie.

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