Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Spiritual Valley

Lately I feel as though I’ve been going through a spiritually dry time. To help with this I decided to read something else daily to encourage me in my devotions. So I picked up Valley of Vision, which was given to us as a gift years ago by a former pastor. It is a collection of Puritan prayers and devotions written in the first person. Reading these prayers has been very encouraging and convicting. I really look forward to it every day.

One thought that sometimes swirls around my head before I try to squash it, is that I’ve already read the bible numerous times so I know what’s in it. There’s nothing to “look forward to” as new material. My parents even had me memorize long passages of it as a child. I know that this is wrongful thinking because God’s word is vast and “unsearchable” and He is infinite. A lifetime of studying the bible could not uncover even a fraction of its riches and insight. I know that. But sometimes it’s difficult to plod on during dry times and suppress those feelings of “I already know this stuff.” So this passage below struck a chord with me.

“I am often straying,
often knowingly opposing thy authority,
often abusing thy goodness;
Much of my guilt arises from my religious privileges,
my low estimation of them,
my failure to use them to my advantage,
But I am not careless of thy favor or regardless of thy glory;
Impress me deeply with a sense of thine omnipresence,
that thou art about my path, my ways, my lying down, my end.”

Someone wrote this hundreds of years ago and yet I can relate to him. One reason I have enjoyed this book is that it gives me a connection with the broader church--saints who have gone before me and I will never meet in this lifetime.


Janice Phillips said...

Why is it the Puritans have such a way of staying "relevant?" The lower the valley, the more I can connect with them. Strange, but definitely a blessing.

fomoco said...

Kevin,and Amy: I was just perusing the web while working on a program about the mountain tops and the valley's we experence in our Christian walk. I just typed in and it carried me to your site, it was just exactly what I needed at this time. I thank and Praise GOD for always being there wherever there is just when you need HIM. To GOD be the Glory forever. Your site or blog was a blessing to me today, Thank you guy's. Easton Ford, Autryville NC.