Over the last five to six weeks, I have taken a self-imposed hiatus.
There comes a time when, for any number of reasons, we feel led to take a break. It may be due to exhaustion or a need for rejuvenation. It could result from a need to meditate, reflect and refocus on the basics or the essentials.
Recognizing the law of cause and effect, I think my time with the flu, some serious health challenges faced by several family members, and the death of several cherished friends over a short period led to my reflecting, prayerfully meditating, and reassessing priorities.
As a result, I've gained a greater affirmation and assurance that God is indeed gracious, merciful, and loving in His care for us. He can be totally trusted in all things. His sovereignty is manifested, and His wisdom is assured.
In the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Robert Frost gives us a man mesmerized by the beauty and solitude of gazing into a lovely woods while on his way home with his horse on darkening, snowy evening. Wanting to revel and bask in that idyllic moment, he is brought back to the need to re-engage in the things requiring attention. I view the last stanza of the poem as one of the most powerful in literature:
The woods are lovely, dark and deep
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
No matter how lovely it is to pull the covers over my head and shut out the realities and responsibilities to be faced, life itself demands I “get up and get on with the business of life.” It is as Dr. King’s “fierce urgency of now.”
In Senator Edward Kennedy’s 1980 concession speech, realizing he could not win the Democratic nomination for president and recognizing defeated in this effort, he eloquently affirmed: “For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die”…to which I add the hiatus has ended and the inspirational blog continues on.
Biblical Affirmation: Blessed is the man that trusts in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, that spreads out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat comes, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit. Jeremiah 17: 7-8