Nay, ’tis naught but a tempest to tarry
with, scalawag’s lament by sailor’s leisure…
a sailor has come to expect the deep of
the storm to pass, this is true treasure,
alas ’tis true of the storms of life… to be
trained by nature’s wrath in due measure,
fearful of lessons untold when wished to be
known better than a stipend given figure,
winds can howl and shriek… to subside
in time from gale force to rest calm, azure,
naught made by decree of man’s lips or
hands calm peaceful sea but God’s ochre.
To be able to tell right from wrong not found
by our feelings or views is for God to judge,
how to tell forgiveness is known is when
difference seeks no edge, hedge or badge.
Masks get blown away and squalls require
rough hands used to handling rope as used,
can this be said to ourselves, without deceit,
having helped by grace and not be bemused?
The storms of life sometimes leave indelible
scars, wounds within unseen… what else?
Let us not be found with cruelties instead of
love to dwell in our hearts, love as so is false!
Hunker in, lash things down… the peace of rest
to carry you in every hardship thou wilt face,
lose not thine own joy so found in the desire
to be found with God- not chaff by our disgrace.
The abstractions, from here and shown below, speaks of rest and the depth of its meaning. This is not telling us about (just) eight hours of sleep.
In the Gospels the theology of rest is most clearly articulated in the words of Jesus: “come to me and I will give you rest and you will find rest for your souls” ( Matt 11:28-30 ). The rest he promises is certainly for the world to come, but it is also for this world. It is the sense of security and peace that flows from a right relation with God, the Father, through obedience to his Son, the Messiah, and membership in his kingdom.
However, the fuller meaning of the everlasting rest of God promised to his people and related to the gift of rest of the seventh day was not achieved by Joshua and the tribes under the old covenant. Jesus the Christ, the greater Joshua, was sent by the Father to bring into being the true nature and fullness of the gift of rest for the people of God.
Find no temptation worth a snap decision, when to judge quick and wrong of an individual case, applied as to ourselves… as God has shown His mercy and grace to us- this is the love the world sees through us.
Genesis 6:11-12 11 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.
In abstract, from here and seen below, and we will either be lilies among thorns… or thorns themselves.
The beauty of believers consists in their conformity and resemblance to Jesus Christ. They are his love, and so they are as lilies, for those are made like Christ in whose hearts his love is shed abroad.
Mercy is being granted forgiveness for something we have done… and grace aspires to pay the debt of sin we could never repay, and deliverance comes from God alone. we have a choice… to have lilies offered in our hands or thorns- as we deal with people in our lives.