"There is a secret medicine given only to those who hurt so hard they can't hope.
The hopers would feel slighted if they knew." — Rumi
Love heals and joy transforms. What gives you joy? Let's go there…
I hear him
Faltering footsteps I stumble forward
Spinning through constellations, we count the singing stars.
— Susan Schiller, a fibonacci poem
I heard His invitation to count the stars with Him, and suddenly I was in a different realm.
It was a circular room, high up in the heavens, with windows that gave us a 360-degree view. My Father invited me to stand with Him at a control panel-type-of-thing, in the midst of this ocean of fiery, brilliant stars. It was almost like a ship that He navigated through the constellations, but it's really hard to describe. It seemed so very real, and my mind could only take a few seconds before I was back "home" in my room, praying… with a new sense of wonder.
He counts the stars
and calls them all by name. – Psalm 147:4
While the morning stars sang in chorus
and all the angels shouted praise? – Job 38:7
Could it be that joy is the secret medicine? A Creator who is so fully confident in Himself that He invites us to count the grains of sand, the stars, who puts mathematical patterns and special sequences into His artwork… could it be that these impossible situations He puts us in are to INFUSE us with heavenly JOY?
Love heals. Joy transforms.
Jesus, for the JOY set before him, endured the cross. Nothing can separate us from His love. Nothing. In my life lately God's asking me to once again leave the familiar, just as I was getting comfortable! Once again, I'm going to a new country, a new land. It's scary. It's risky. Some of my friends hurt for me, want to hold me back, and caution me to choose an easier path.
Haven't I had enough? I wonder if Abraham also wondered such things… wasn't it enough he had to leave Ur, did God have to make his wife barren, too? All the water well fights. Kidnapping of his nephew's family. And then Mount Moriah… when it seemed even God was hostile!
What if God is simply inviting you into a greater story?
And to help you through to the next chapter, he's inviting you to share the mystery of His joy. Maybe he wants you to count the stars… or to consider the sunflower's mathematical miracle… or to create a Fib poem… or to gaze into the Heavens and be astounded!
Is there something you can do today, to accept His invitation to INFUSE you with JOY, this secret medicine that Rumi says is only given to those who have lost their Hope. The people who have not experienced the depth of these trials, also, do not get to experience the height of His JOY! Rejoice, if you're encountering the greater trials!
With all my love,
Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she is learning to navigate to freedom and fullness.
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.
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