By Erika Rizkallah
More wisdom from old books for this Saturday night. The short excerpt is from Daily Strength for Daily Needs by Mary W. Tileston which I found at an estate sale. I just love old books filled with nuggets of truth — especially when they cost fifty cents!
We mustn’t be in a hurry to fix and choose our own lot; we must wait to be guided. We are led on, like the little children, by a way that we know not. It is a vain thought to flee from the work that God appoints us, for the sake of finding a greater blessing to our own souls; as if we could choose for ourselves where we shall find the fulness of the Divine Presence, instead of seeking it where alone it is to be found, in loving obedience. ~ George Eliot
I must admit I’m not used to seeing fulness spelled without a double “L” so I looked it up to make sure it was correct. The strength of one of the definitions got my attention.
Fullness: The state of being complete or whole.
I picture Jesus walking toward Golgotha (the site of his crucifixion) and staggering under the weight of his cross. The thought of it – being obedient like that – makes me want to take off. Then I realize Jesus was not only walking to the place of his death, but toward the fullness of the Divine Presence.
If I call myself a disciple I must allow myself to be guided, even when every fiber of my being says flee.
Your Turn: How hard or easy is it for you to wait for God’s leading?