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by Jim Killam | 4-minute read

 

Uncertainty, dread and anger soak our culture this summer. Let’s take a break. Here are a few Scripture passages, some thoughts from various writers, and some peaceful photos of God’s creation to help counteract all of that.

Zion National Park, Utah

Let me hear of your unfailing love each morning, for I am trusting you. Show me where to walk, for I give myself to you. — Psalm 143:8

“The reality of naked trust is the life of a pilgrim who leaves what is nailed down, obvious and secure, and walks into the unknown without any rational explanation to justify the decision or guarantee of the future. Why? Because God has signaled the movement and offered it his presence and his promise.” – Brennan Manning, Ruthless Trust

“A study of history shows that it is precisely at moments like this—when the church appears to be sliding into an unalterable decline, when culture is shaken by upheaval, when the world globalizes, opening up new frontiers and fostering chaos and change—that God moves again.” — Mark Sayers, Reappearing Church

 

Tucson, Arizona

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. — 1 Peter 5:7

“It may be helpful to picture a box in which we place every worry and every care. When it is full, we gift-wrap it, placing a lovely big bow on top, and give it up as a present to the Father. God receives it, and we must not take it back, for to take back a gift once given is most discourteous.”  —Richard J. Foster, Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer

 

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. — Psalm 37:23

“God allows certain Christians to walk through troughs that contain no sign of his existence because he has a special plan for their growth. …  Confusing stretches in which God seemed to withdraw strengthened my faith in ways that constant spiritual highs could never have accomplished.” —Rebecca K. Reynolds, Courage, Dear Heart: Letters to a Weary World

“Life is lived forward but understood backward.”  —Soren Kirekegaard

“It is good for us to encounter troubles and adversities from time to time, for trouble often compels a man to search his own heart. It reminds him that he is an exile here, and that he can put his trust in nothing in this world.”  —Thomas à Kempis, The Imitation of Christ

“The rings told more than a tree’s age; they told the whole story of the tree’s life over as much as two thousand years. Their thickness and thinness spoke of hard years of bitter struggle intermingled with rich years of sudden growth. The different colors spoke of the various soils and minerals that the tree’s roots encountered, some harsh and stunting, some rich and nourishing. Flaws and irregularities told how the trees endured fires and lightning strikes and windstorms and infestations and yet continued to grow.”  —Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics

 

Cannon Beach, Oregon

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me — watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”  —Matthew 11:28-30, The Message

“There will be seasons of time when we have absolutely no idea whatsoever what we are supposed to do with our lives, with our future, with our hands. And in those times when the river isn’t beside us, we have hope because we ‘walk in the Spirit.’ And when you walk in the Spirit not knowing where you are going, you let go of the destination and merely take the hand of God, who is with you.”  —A.J. Swoboda, The Dusty Ones: Why Wandering Deepens Your Faith

“Christians are not mere wayfarers en route to the next life, but rather pioneer settlers of God’s kingdom in advance, a sign of what will follow. By living out lives of grace in a spoiled environment, we point forward to a time of restoration.”  —Philip Yancey, Vanishing Grace: What Ever Happened to the Good News?

“The heights are full of wonder, but in between those heights we may well travel together through shadow and valley and desert for months and even years. That is all part of what it means to walk with God.”  —Richard J. Foster, Sanctuary of the Soul: Journey into Meditative Prayer

 

Ennis, Texas

Trust in the LORD and do good. Then you will live safely in the land and prosper. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires. Commit everything you do to the Lord. Trust him, and he will help you.  —Psalm 37:2-5

Photos: Jim Killam

 

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Dawn Barteau
Dawn Barteau
July 31, 2020 6:29 am

Thank you for this, Jim!

Kathy Holliday
Kathy Holliday
September 17, 2020 6:52 am

Awesome photos!!!