Thrifting can be a treasure hunt. Old books are treasures in my eyes. I love the look of them. With bindings worn and pages yellowing. Smells that give an indication of having been stored in some dark and damp basement somewhere. I love to open them and find bits and pieces of scrap paper or bookmarks. Inscriptions or notes always make me wonder about the person whose hands held it and turned it's pages.
So, when I pass through the doors of thrift stores, antique shops or stroll around a yard sale, one of the first things I look for are boxes or stacks of books.
Stream in the Desert has been a favorite of mine for some time. With it's refreshing applications of the Word and touching, relevant quotes as well as poetry. There is devotion for everyday of the year. So, when I found this little, 1950 copy with it's red, and lovely embossed cover, at a little thrift store in Heber, Az., I was so thrilled!
While reading it one day this week, I was so encouraged by the daily reading. There are so many things in this life that we have no control over. But the truth is that God is overseeing the events of our lives and will see us through each one if we look to Him. This is something that I have known and maybe you have to but isn't is so comforting to have that reminder today? And for tomorrow. It was for me. I'd like to share what it said.
Giving thanks always for all things unto God~ Ephesians 5:20
No matter what the source of evil, if you are in God and surrounded by Him as far as by an
atmosphere, all evil has to pass through Him before it comes to you.
Therefore, you can thank God for everything that comes. Not for the sin of it,
but for what God will out of it and through it. May God make our lives thanksgiving
and perpetual praise, then He will make everything a blessing.
We once saw a man draw some black dots.
We looked and could not make anything of them but an irregular
assemblage of black dots. Then he drew a few lines, put in a few rests,
then a clef at the beginning, and we saw these black dots were musical notes.
On sounding them, we were singing,
"Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise him all creatures here below."
There are many black dots and black spots in our lives, and we cannot understand
why they are there or why God permitted them to come. But if let God
come into our lives, and adjust the dots the proper way, and draw
the lines He wants, and separate this from that and put in rests at the proper places;
out of the black dots and spots in our lives
He will make a glorious harmony.
May we not hinder Him in His glorious work. ~ C.H.P.
"Would we know that the major chords were sweet,
If there were no minor key?
Would the painter's work be fair for our eyes
Without shade on land or sea?"
"Would we know that the meaning of happiness,
Would we feel that the day was bright?
If we'd never known what it was to grieve,
nor gazed on the dark of night?"
Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to
their tremendous difficulties. ~ Charles H. Spurgeon
When the musician presses the black keys on the great organ,
the music is as sweet as when he touches the white ones, but to get the capacity of the
instrument he must touch them all.
No matter what happens,
We Can Know Who Holds Tomorrow~
Have a blessed day~