Remember, Trust, and Fear Not

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I’m like Israel.
I’m always in some stage of forgetting.
Forgetting what God has done for me.
Always in some season of fluctuating lack, or abundance, of trust.
Lacking trust in Him.
Always wandering back and forth in the space between complete remembrance
and idolatry.
Between desperate, abiding trust,
and going aside to find my own way.
Gaining freedom.
Careless with freedom.
Freedom tipping dangerously
back and forth at the edge of destruction.
And so it is with my country.

It is said that great civilizations can’t be destroyed from without,
but easily from within.
I try to fight The Worm inside;
the one who hides its presence.
Insidious.
Parasitic.
Spanning the length of my inner workings.
Feeding, wiggling, waiting.
Trying to poison me gradually,
without my noticing.
But I notice.
I know it’s there
trying to kill the very one who feeds it.
And I try to poison it back.
In anger.
In revenge.
I take poisons to kill it,
or, at least, to drive it out.
But it won’t go,
And that’s killing me . . .

Alas! I have forgotten, once more,
that I can’t, and never could, by myself.
That there is The Saving Promise,
and The Trust in its Maker
that I let fade to my own harm.
I’ve only to remember that He has defeated that Worm.
Has His foot on its neck.
It knows it’s finished, yet
it writhes and thrashes,
and spews its poison,
Attempting to inflict yet one more wound inside.
But it is harmless as long as I remember to trust Him;
to keep Him precisely between myself and that monster.
Remember and trust.
Oh, Israel!
I can’t, even for one moment, forget,
Nor let trust fail.
Nor neglect thanking Him for what He has done, is doing, and will do.
To keep me safe.
And to keep me free.

~So it is with me.~
~And so it is with my country.~

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol Ann Hoel
    Nov 13, 2013 @ 14:10:17

    Praise to His finished work that saves us completely and forever. Blessings to you, Len…

    Reply

  2. Larry
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 06:52:24

    “Our weapons are not carnal but are might unto God.”

    Reply

  3. ron long
    Nov 14, 2013 @ 11:19:57

    Len, Once again, eloquently stated, are the fears, frustrations, hopes and struggle of every Saint in this surreal nightmare of consequences groaning in this nation. May God make the time short as the scriptures state lest we all perish. The starvation of our spiritual appetite here only make the feast of thanksgiving in heaven all the more wonderful. Write on brother………….ron

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