Monday, August 30, 2010

For You, Me, and Everyone We Know (or at least, for me)

Combing through our bookshelves, I stumbled upon a throw-back devotional from 1991. My Utmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers (Copyright 1935).

I reached for it and did what I always do - I looked at the top corner of the closed book. Sure enough, there were nearly 20 pages dog-eared - my indisputable mark that the book is good.

I remembered my very favorite passage from the book...something about an arrow and patience and romance. I knew its corner would be turned, its words underlined and marked. This was one that I had read and re-read. One morning just before my Junior year of college, I used it as the foundation for incoming Freshman devotions. (Guess who was sitting out in that crowd, unbeknownst to me?)

Sure enough - May 8. There it was, outlined in faded, yellow highlighter, tiny arrows inked black. The words that I clung to 15 years ago somehow mean even more to me now, as a real grown-up.

"Patience is more than endurance. A saint's life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, and He stretches and strains, and every now and again the saint says - 'I cannot stand anymore'. God does not heed, He goes on stretching till His purpose is in sight, then He lets fly...."

"Faith is the heroic effort of your life; you fling yourself in reckless confidence on God."

"The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering. If we take this view, life becomes one great romance, a glorious opportunity for seeing marvelous things all the time."

Enjoy this Monday, friends. Fling yourselves in reckless confidence.