by Nan Jones @NanJonesAuthor
The cool breeze refreshed my sweaty brow. I lifted my eyes towards the sky, blue as a cornflower. I sensed the Spirit of God drawing near, beckoning to me from deep within. There were no words. No choirs of angels. Just a quiet knowing that He was near.
I stopped my busyness and stood still with eyes closed. I thought of Him. Of His goodness. His faithfulness. I thought of how much I needed Him to be my sure place – my refuge – when anxiety swirled about me.
In the quiet, a song began to stir in my spirit.
“Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art:
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.
“Be Thou my wisdom, and Thou my true word;
I ever with Thee and Thou with me, Lord:
Thou my great Father, I Thy true son,
Thou in me dwelling, and I with Thee one.”
I couldn’t remember the rest of the words so I ran inside to find our hymnal, front door slapping behind me. Grabbing the hymnal from a shelf I quickly searched the index. I knew the Lord was showing me something and I didn’t want the moment to evaporate.
“Riches I heed not, or man’s empty praise,
Thou mine inheritance now and always:
Thou and Thou only first in my heart,
High King of heaven, my treasure Thou art.
“High King of heaven, my victory won,
May I reach heaven’s joys O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my own heart, whatever befall,
Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.”
That was it!! “Riches I heed not, or man’s empty praise, Thou mine inheritance now and always…”
Seeking Him first. Finding my treasure.
God’s mercies continued: “Heart of my own heart, whatever befall, Still be my vision, O Ruler of all.”
My fears over financial concerns subsided. Anxiety over successfully marketing my upcoming book disappated. My angst over letting others down, of not doing enough – being enough – slipped away. My concerns for the health of my daughter…the list goes on.
The Lord clearly showed me that with my focus on Him, His wisdom is sure. His peace is perfect. His joy my strength.
O Lord, be Thou my vision.
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