..and the bleating heart beckons

3 But the angel of the Lord said to Elijah the Tishbite, Arise, go up to meet the messengers of the king of Samaria, and say unto them, Is it not because there is not a God in Israel, that ye go to enquire of Baalzebub the god of Ekron?
4 Now therefore thus saith the Lord, Thou shalt not come down from that bed on which thou art gone up, but shalt surely die. And Elijah departed.
2 Kings 1:3,4 (KJV)

There is no one like our God. Trust He is with us. Amen.

There are moments when a heart is still, a mind racing slows, the desires of our soul are content. I cherish these moments and I wonder about these moments. I petition the Lord to know and see His perfecting process in my life. The ground at my feet is still and unchanging but the horizon is full of hope.

…and I shall not be anxious. I shall not seek something afar that may stir my wonderment in these quiet times. God is clear that in times when all is quiet it is not a time for me to seek in a direction away from Him. In these quiet times, the music is silent, the brook flows its course in a peaceful way. The birds fly high above and I hear no sound. But, I shall not look away for I know God is still here.

..and I shall not be impatient. I shall wait on the Lord. No self-stirring here! I am just that person who would and I know. Through previous talks with God, He has told me and has shown me who I am. He makes me aware. I am better at seeing to the core of my soul because God has led me there on many occasions. He has asked me why I seek the bush that rustles in the breeze, the inner voice of my self surfacing. He asks me: “Am I not here with you,? Why do you seek elsewhere?” I now listen. For the season of my self-reason is over. I will not run to any beckon unless it is of God. It is quiet and yet even now, His voice grows: decibel by decibel.

…and I shall ever-trust in the Lord. Yes I shall trust that He is watching over me. Too many times I sought elsewhere only to be placed in discontent. I have traveled that path. I am here now in this moment to speak finally as one who is growing stronger in the Lord! I hope so for I love God. There is no other like Him. My self is diminished as my humility waxes. I could be asked if I think poorly of myself as one sees me talk of my diminishing self. I am confident in my answer. The world views our self as our self-esteem which without, says the world, renders a lifeless soul. In God the opposite is true. As my self wanes and my humility waxes, the Lord becomes more prevalent as  I focus more and more on His eyes that are my guardian. His protective hand over me is my trust and I shall not want.

…and I shall not want. I am content in this quiet time. He has design it this way. A soft heart and a keen ear. I hear the bleating of a lost lamb and I will search for it. This is that time when He asks me to use His instilled spirit in my heart to love another. He has taught me to walk, then to walk straight, and now to walk with His instruction. I can live in these quiet times because love is silent sometimes. But, love is still there. God is still here with me. He is with you.

..and the bleating heart beckons. There is someone who calls – lost in darkness. A keen ear perfecting under the strict and gentle tutelage of the Spirit  hears and seeks. Let me help those who seek refuge. For in these quiet times, in His silent love, I can do His work in confidence. So I listen. I pray for you, bleating heart. Do you see His light? I will grab your hand as you flail in darkness. But it is God’s hand you eventually take. I just want to give you hope through witness that there is a place of solace outside of your darkness.

Do not worry during these quiet times. It is time to think of someone else. Help a lost lamb, a bleating heart. God has perfected us for this moment. Worry not lost lamb, I hear you as the Lord watches. I pray for you now. I pray for your tears to dry and your heart to swell with hope. Love is silent yet God is here…I know, I was once a bleating heart. I still am, sufficiently enough, to know He watches His flock always.

I praise God for His Son. Jesus is the Love who may seem silent but never is silent. He is omniscient in nature. Feel the warmth of His gentle love little lamb. Then you see God and your bleating stops.

Rick Stassi

June 22, 2012

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..the warmth of the springtime glow

Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart,

and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

This is the first and great commandment.

And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

Matthew 22:37-40 (KJV)

The winter snows melt as the sun rises higher in the sky. There is warmth and it is time for new growth. It is time when a tightly clasped bud on a tree wakes up and unfurls a tender green leaf. It is when a tree is again adorned with a robe of protection with fruit soon to come. The rivulets flow from the icy mountainside, the streams swell with new water fresh from its state of frozen confine. All tiny streams join into one larger, a new level, to nourish. All trees send roots to seek this nourishment. This is renewal:

The water of the melting snow

is in perfect harmony, feeding the thirsty 

waking to a warming glow.

I experienced this time. It was my springtime waking from a cold, dreary winter. The darkness of the dungeon of captivity was slowly disintegrating. The light was replacing darkness. All was being renewed and all was being refreshed. I made a decision to agree with God: hate darkness. [a]

A heart of the world is a desperate heart. It is held captive by darkness, stale thought, and argumentive emotion. As we desire a change, there is a time of awakening in our awareness when we feel new shifts in our thought. But what is in our mind, this time, is fed from our heart now longing for a rebirth process in agreement with God. It begins with a decision to follow Jesus Christ.  It is a circuitous path. The mind makes a conscious decision and the heart agrees, then mind thinks differently. It is fed by a fresh, new stream. What is this shift of personal thought? For me it was being born again in Jesus Christ. For He says:

Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

John 3:3

I sat by myself and listened as He spoke,

Jesus is Love and my heart awoke.

We love God today and all others too 

and our hearts are transformed as we are born anew.

 I am saved by Jesus Christ.  

It is more than a new philosophy, it is integral transformation. Philosophy is the ramblings of man and is empty-in the bigger picture. Through God is a completing change of all we are. I sought and I received. I kept looking for God in persevering fervor and He fed me a drink of nourishing, fresh water at the right time. I accepted Jesus and was born again. My flesh withered and died, as leaves fall dead to the ground. Then miraculously I too unfurled as a fresh tender green leaf.  It was the time of my rebirth in Jesus Christ. A miracle happened and to my surprise it was centered on something other than my ‘self’. It was centered on Jesus and God smiled. For my ‘self’ cowered and pride fell quiet. The reins of my life were now in the hands of God.

My thinking began to change as I was now Christ-centered. Yes it is a total change in all parts of our being. “Can the world be a bad place if all love is for God and for each other? No! It is good with God. Real love is possible but only through Jesus and through real love will come real peace and through real peace, true harmony…” This is the way and the truth and the life! [b] I was enveloped into this truth that God now exposed day-by-day. His word, His mystery, His wisdom: All pouring from Scripture via the Spirit who was now a personal Helper! This was the end of discontent and the beginning of a new enlightenment and awareness. How Eastern this sounds, as I read. But in truth, Eastern thought failed me like a door locked with no key available. Did I really want what was behind the door? More words with no eternity. Not really for me now as I can see we need more than words. Why strive to seek words when God freely gives liberty, wisdom, and love through Jesus.

The springtime is a wonderful time. It is cool mornings and warm afternoons. It is walking by a running stream with God, talking, listening, confessing, hearing. Repenting. Yes, declaring change into a submission to Jesus Christ who died so that we may really live. Live now and forever.

So, now the winter snow

melts in the warmth of a springtime glow,

and I turn solely to God to see

the reflection of His beautiful image He made in me.  

 Rick Stassi

June 10, 2012