|Why, my soul, are you downcast? |
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise him,
my Savior and my God.
Psalm 42:5, 11
The desert places...
where God is present
but the journey doesn't
to make much sense,
practically speaking that is.
The place where God feels far
but is as close as the breath...
The place where hopelessness taunts from dark spaces.
The place where God prepares the soul
for the work
which is unseen,
But to Him.
A place where God speaks to the heart
amidst the voice of the enemy
encamped around the fortress of my mind.
A place where the spirit is willing,
but the flesh-
Oh, so weak.
Where wars are waged,
lives gained or lost.
The desert road comes at a cost,
to Him who did all willingly.
Stating His love from upon that tree-
marking out our path to victory.
Why then should I feel parched?
Why am I downcast?
Redemption draws near!
He has swallowed up the dry places!
He is coming soon!
Be glad, You who believe- He lives!
He rides upon the clouds of dawn...
Your salvation is sure.
Rest, Peace, Be still...
It Is Finished!
©Dawn Paoletta 2011
For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.Therefore encourage one another with these words.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18
At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.
And I saw what appeared to be a sea of glass shot through with fire, and upon this glassy sea were standing those who had emerged victorious from the fight with the animal, its statue and the number which denotes its name. In their hands they hold harps which God has given them, and they are singing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, and these are the words they sing: ‘Great and marvellous are your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are your ways, O king of the saints! Who shall not fear you, O Lord, and glorify your name? For you alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before you, for your judgments have been manifested!
Revelations 15:2-4 (Phillips)