I was just frustrated with the amount of effort I needed to put in for things to go the way I wanted it and when I read this…I was greatly comforted. It helped me realise and get back my focus on what really is important in life. I also understood that things might not go in your way always but if it goes in Gods ways…you know you’ve got the best deal.

From Streams in the Desert (Book):

No matter what the source of evil, if you are in God and surrounded by Him as by an atmosphere, all evil has to pass through Him before it comes to you. Therefore you can thank God for everything that comes, not for the sin of it, but for what God will bring out of it and through it. May God make our lives thanksgiving and perpetual praise, then he will make everything a blessing.

We once saw a man draw some black dots. We looked and could make nothing of them but an irregular assemblage of black dots. Then he drew a few lines, put it a few rests, then a clef at the beginning, and we saw these black dots were musical notes.

On sounding them we were singing,

“Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise Him all creatures here below”

There are many black dots and black spots in our lives, and we cannot understand why they are there or why God permitted them to come (or if he doesn’t permit). But if we let God come into our lives, and adjust the dots in the proper way, and draw the lines He wants, and separate this from that, and put in the rest at the proper places; out of the black dots and spots in our lives He will make a glorious harmony. Let us not hinder Him in this glorious work! – C. H. P.

“Would we know that the major chords were sweet,
if there were no minor keys?
Would the painter’s work be fair to our eyes,
Without shade on land or sea?”

“Would we know the meaning of happiness,
would we feel that the day was bright,
if we’d never know what it was to grieve,
nor gazed on the dark of night?”

Many men owe the grandeur of their lives to their tremendous difficulties. – C. H. Spurgeon.

When the musician presses the black keys on the great organ, the music is as sweet as when he touches the white ones, but to get the capacity of the instrument he must touch them all. – Selected.

I hope this little passage has been an encouragement to you all. Till next time…Stay Close, Stay Low and Stay Focused 🙂