This week's theme was inspired by one of my favourite quotes from Tan Lai Yong, which came to me again yesterday after a rather rough bout. Waiting does not indicate inactivity, but the testing that comes with it refines and strengthens the spiritual man.
The Hebrew word for 'Wait' in Psalm 27:14 is qâvâh. This was one of the many Old Testament words that I consulted How Chuang about. He helped me affirm that this word (qâvâh) indeed has linguistic roots that gives the picture of twisting and binding together - a waiting that involves gathering together with patience, with binding and twisting actions. I formed this mental picture of tough ropes being made stronger by being twisted and bound into a strong cord; of roots and twines that become stronger as they spiral and coil upwards. This was the picture of waiting on the Lord that we discovered, not a passive waste of time but one of growing stronger and coming through with deeper convictions.
This week's theme was inspired by an excerpt from an allegorical novel titled 'Hind's Feet on High Places'. We often think of blooming as something that is overt and witnessed by others, but this piece of writing talks about a type of blooming that is unseen, hidden, and yet glorious beyond what we could imagine. It speaks of a refining of the inner man and the flourishing that happens when we choose to remain in His love.
Once the Shepherd stooped and touched the flowers gently with His fingers, then said to Much-Afraid with a smile, "Humble yourself, and you will find that Love is spreading a carpet of flowers beneath your feet."