All spelled out

February 6, 2009 | 6 comments

I saw my faith journey on lined paper, written in a first-grade teacher’s untilting penmanship.

1. blissful
2. valid
3. treacherous
4. bewildered
5. dormant
6. ceaseless

For my child, it was a spelling list, a teacher’s challenge to try harder words.

For me, it was an unexpected challenge from The Teacher — My Rabboni — a review where we’ve been, a pop-quiz of where we are today, a syllabus of where we’re going.

A walk of faith, spelled out.

BLISSFUL: Early days of blissful praise, in newfound faith from which I could barely catch my breath or contain tears.

VALID: Poring over the New Testament, cross-checking with the Old to validate, saving the unexplainable for God. Tucking the questions on slips of paper in my “Mystery File” here beside me.

TREACHEROUS, BEWILDERED: There … in the pit, having tripped over my false sense of safety. Bewildered, confused .. and crying out for rescue.

DORMANT: A dark place, where I spent most of my days before faith grabbed hold. A spiritual inactivity. Dead. But even in dormancy, there is room for Holy Ground. For it was here that I first cried out to Abba, Rabboni: “Help me with my unbelief!”

Which finds me back at blissful — not in earthly happiness but in spiritual joy.

Today, I ask God to keep my feet planted in His Word, validating His promises to my doubtful mind. I ask Him to protect me from the treacherous, and to insulate my fragile faith from dormancy.

Until, at last, I reach that place where praise and joy are
unending
perfect
CEASELESS.

Be blessed, dear ones.

by | February 6, 2009 | 6 comments

6 Comments

  1. isumom

    Tough words for a first-grader to spell, and even tougher for a person to live and understand. Thanks for “spelling it out” for me too!

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  2. Chris Godfredsen

    Yes. Ceaseless is a perfect word to end on. With all of these other words, may ceaseless be the word that describes my praise, my actions of love, my expression of Christ in this life!

    I have a hard time spelling those words, and I am older than a first grader, but an even tougher time living this life with that ceaseless zeal, ceaseless faith.

    But I press on towards the goal…

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  3. Chris Godfredsen

    Yes. Ceaseless is a perfect word to end on. With all of these other words, may ceaseless be the word that describes my praise, my actions of love, my expression of Christ in this life!

    I have a hard time spelling those words, and I am older than a first grader, but an even tougher time living this life with that ceaseless zeal, ceaseless faith.

    But I press on towards the goal…

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  4. Darlene

    BEAUTIFUL, blessed post, my wise friend. You feed my soul today.

    knock….. and the door will be opened to you,… whether your heart is dormant, life is treacherous, or you need validity.

    hmmm.

    Darlene

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  5. sharilyn

    what a wonderful and heart/thought-provoking post… what an intriguing list of words and how well you applied them to your faith-adventure… i love it. thanks for sharing. i do love words, especially when they stir the heart!

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  6. Lori

    Loved this sweet and thought-provoking post.

    Reply

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