Friday, January 15, 2010

Gracious Uncertainty

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This morning Zahana picked up the weaving board and made her own little rug.
"Take a picture, Mama,"she said.
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And she actually gave me a smile. It doesn't usually happen that way. I think she was quite proud of her work.

We tried making art with hot melted wax. Very fun. The kids worked at it for an hour.
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Miah turned her melted candle wax into an unmelted candle.
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Then she melted it.
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I think they would've kept at it, but supplies were running low and I had to clean up the whole shebang and get lunch on the table.
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Plus, it was really really nice out today.
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"Naturally, we are inclined to be so mathematical and calculating that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing. We imagine that we have to reach some end, but that is not the nature of spiritual life. The nature of spiritual life is that we are certain in our uncertainty, consequently we do not make our nests anywhere. Common sense says - 'Well, supposing I were in that condition . . .' We cannot suppose ourselves in any condition we have never been in. Certainty is the mark of the common-sense life: gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life. To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, we do not know what a day may bring forth. This is generally said with a sigh of sadness, it should be rather an expression of breathless expectation. We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. Immediately we abandon to God, and do the duty that lies nearest, He packs our life with surprises all the time. When we become advocates of a creed, something dies; we do not believe God, we only believe our belief about Him. Jesus said, 'Except ye become as little children.' Spiritual life is the life of a child. We are not uncertain of God, but uncertain of what He is going to do next. If we are only certain in our beliefs, we get dignified and severe and have the ban of finality about our views; but when we are rightly related to God, life is full of spontaneous, joyful uncertainty and expectancy.
'Believe also in Me,' said Jesus, not - 'Believe certain things about Me.' Leave the whole thing to Him, it is gloriously uncertain how He will come in, but He will come. Remain loyal to Him."
~Oswald Chambers (quoted from A Path Through)

11 comments:

  1. What a wonderful quote for my day. Thank you for it. Beautiful children!

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  2. Wow! I want to know you 'in real life'! That quote is just amazing and is speaking to my heart today as we were just notified last night that we have been chosen to adopt a baby girl due March 17!! I am filled with joy and excitement. . .and uncertainty. Because she could still change her mind. Because. . .you know, the uncertainty.

    But the certainty of the uncertainty fills me with breathless expectation b/c I know God is in control, and I am just waiting to see what He does.

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  3. Oh my goodness, those eyelashes on that babe!
    Love Zahana's proud smile and i love the wax painting. Very fun.
    lisa

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  4. Oh Sarah, pleeeease may I use that quote on my blog?!? I love it. :)

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  5. Thank you for this quote. Very needed as my husband begins his 3rd week in the hospital. Oswald Chambers is timeless.

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  6. Hope you don't mind--I'm referencing this quote on my blog--I just can't stop thinking about it!! :D

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  7. Dear Sarah...

    Your portraits of your family are beautiful. And make me introspective. I'm not sure why.

    Thinking of you all today.

    ~~Camie~~

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  8. Beautiful pictures!! The wax art looks like fun. Holly

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  9. Such a wonderful quote. How are you doing today, Sarah?

    Love the pictures.

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  10. gorgeous photos!
    so lovely to see the sun in your photos and what a sweet bunny : ) A beautiful family you have Sarah!

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