Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The vital beauty of staying on the path

A long obedience in the same direction

Quote from the wisdom of Rick Godejohn:

"All we have to do is stay on the path, and we'll never have to take the same step twice."

It reminds me of Eugene Peterson saying that God desires from us 'A long obedience in the same direction.' Lots of wisdom there...

Also, Rick says that the greatest reality of low times is the ability to praise God in that low moment -- relational health, physical health, questions of guidance, disease, bills, etc. -- if we can praise God without clearly seeing Him, His presence makes up the difference. Then, we come to the high points, and our sight clears: yes, God was there in the valley! Life is a cycle of these low and high points, but the challenge is to not waste the low moments, but actually embrace them as divinely ordained steps to higher revelation of God.



Rick said...

I couldn't have said it better my self...


I remember our conversation, and I knew that this would stick with you. I'm glad that inspiration can be shared through this.

Loy said...

Thanks, Rick! And doubly thanks for the shared wisdom -- can't put a price tag on that.

You'll be glad to know that I used this quote in a benediction for the graduating seniors at OHS, for their baccalaureate service this week. Gettin' some mileage! :-)

Have a great day and ttys,