12th July 2012

I Wish I Had Said That!

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.”
Proverbs 25:11 (NRSV)

Have you ever read a quote that you really connected with? I mean something that rang a bell in your brain and you thought, “Wow, I wish I had said that”? That happened to me this week. I’m reading a very inspirational book called “Three Cups of Tea” by an American, Greg Mortenson. The story is his account of how he attempted to climb K2 in September 1993 but failed, got separated from his party and tried to make it down off the mountain by himself with very little strength left and not enough gear. Miraculously, he was found by a local porter whom he knew and was taken to the village of Korphe, where the head man and the villagers took him to their hearts as he recuperated there. Mortenson hears about the village school and asks to visit it, but there was no school: the children just sat on the ground and scratched their sums in the dust with twigs. When he was leaving he put his hands on the shoulders of Haji Ali, the Korphe Village Chief in Karakoram Mountains, Pakistan, and told him; “I will build you a school, I promise.” And he did!

Haji Ali tells him while he is a guest in the village; “Here we drink three cups of tea to do business: the first you are a stranger, the second you become a friend, and the third you join our family, and for our family we are prepared to do anything—even die.” How’s that for a way of life?

But there is another quote from a poet called Rumi that really “lit me up”: he says, “There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled. You feel it, don’t you?”

The Bible constantly “lights me up” as I “stumble” across scriptures that can even bring tears to my eyes. These for example, all from the NIV:
Psalm 108:4, “For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies.”
Psalm 63:7, “Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.”
Psalm 37:4, “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
Psalm 34:5, “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
Psalm 85:10, “Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.”
Song of Songs 2:11-12, “See! The winter is past; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land.”
Sorry, I can only share these few, but please search for your own!

Our faithful Father, thank you that your word has the capacity to illuminate our souls and jump-start our lives by the spark of your Spirit—so much so, that all we can do is fall before your throne in thankfulness.

Study by Cliff Neill 

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