Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
While there are those who believe that when we follow Jesus we will no longer face any sort of problems in this world, I am not one of them. I have followed Jesus since I was a child of seven and during that time I have observed that being a Christian does not make you exempt from the troubles the inhabitants of this world face. If you wait around long enough, something happens.
When most people read the 23rd Psalm, they like to dwell on the part about God as their shepherd provides their every need. They like reading about green pastures, still waters and the restoration of their soul. They love reading about goodness and mercy and dwelling in the house of the Lord forever. I don't blame them. I love those parts too!
However, we often seem to skip over the middle part. You know, the part about the Valley of the Shadow of Death. We don't like to think about that. Provision, green pastures and still waters sound much more pleasant.
Yes, God is our shepherd. Yes, He does bring us to green pastures and still waters. Oh, goodness and mercy do follow us and we shall one day be with Him! However, in the midst of all of that... there is the Valley of the Shadow of Death and... there are enemies.
But look again! What are we doing in the presence of our enemies? Are we beaten down and cowering in fear, living as defeated people? NO! We are feasting! Feasting in the presence of our enemies! That is an extraordinary thing!
As I write this blog, my 700th blog, I am thinking about all of the things which have transpired in my life since I first came to CB back in July 2007. During my time here, I have had to battle for my life on more than one occasion and some of those days seemed very dark indeed but... oh what a feast I have had!
I am remembering my cancer diagnosis a few months after I joined CB and how I fled to this place. I am remembering how I nearly died last December and though I wasn't conscious of it, people here at CB began to lift me up in prayer. I cried when I read some of those prayers after I got home.
I am remembering all the love and support I received here. I am thinking of precious friendships I have made here. I am thinking of the tears which I have shared with those friends and... the joy and laughter.
Yes, I have walked on some dark paths since coming here but oh, what a feast I have had, even in the presence of my enemies... and it is not over yet!
You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!
Yes, you are quite the walking testimony of all you speak of here. You have not only proven that being a "survivor" is not a bad thing, you have helped countless others to muster the faith, patience and lack of discouragement needed to walk through that valley.
Thank you for staying faithful to God's call in your life to share, lift up and pray for those of us not "perfect" when it comes to woes in this life. Thank you for remaining faithful to sharing your heart via blogs even when you felt like doing anything but that.
At your current rate, you should overtake me in a couple of weeks--or not. It matters not how many, but rather that the determination to keep blogging no matter what is happening. Thanks for hanging in there and continuing to be a blessings to us all.
Blessings 2 You
Very real and practical stuff!! It couldn't have been said better than you did. You write so well, and it is full of life and inspiration. Keep going until you pour out all that has been deposited in you for the earth. God bless!
Congratulations on #700, K Good job, or as God is saying, Well done my good and faithful servant!
Your blog rings so true. So often we think that life should be a bed of roses if we are 'doing Christianity right'. David being pursued by Saul, Paul's littany of woes in 2Corinthians 11:23-28 ~ The bed of roses awaits us, but it is not promised here, else many great men and women of the Bible missed the message.
Thank you for a great blog and for your faithfulness... you are a true warrior for the Lord and I count it a privilege to call you sister!
so blest by you