October 18, 2011

Grasshopper



Yep.  You're right.  I disappeared!  Thanks for hanging in there with me in my....... nothingness.....!!

 It seems the last part of the summer just evaporated!  As of now, we're deeply buried in our school year, this being the last one for the oldest baby.  (sigh...)  We've just watched the weather 'turn' as they say around this rolling German countryside, bringing mostly gray and cooler, drizzly days.  And, we've been gifted a few more months to take in all the European sites, smell, eats and amazing experiences.

The last few months have been ones of trusting, and a lot of it.  He (The ONE) has been chiseling away at my moldability.  How bendable do  you want me Lord?  He's been consistently drilling into me HIM, His power, His infinite awesomeness, softly giving whispers of reassurance.  More stories on these to come. 

One day in August, the fam took a bike ride down along the Mosel River to bask in the ever evasive sun-glow.  As we pedalled along, the youngest suddenly attracted a visitor.  He rode along for a while till she noticed, and almost crashed upon doing so,  a HUGE grasshopper on her handlebars.  Apparently, he was happy to join in our journey, as when she stopped, he hopped onto the middle child's bike to continue on.  It was a startling and comical event,  with our shrieks attracting attention from others along the path.

A few days later, I was reading Isaiah 40, which I have learned to cling to this past year, and thoughts of that grasshopper came back to me.

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?  Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?  Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

It is He who sits above the vault of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

It is He who reduces rulers to nothing, who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.  Scarcely have they been planted, scarcely have they been sown, scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth, But He merely blows on them, and they wither, and the storm carries them away like stubble.

"To whom then will you liken me?  That I should be his equal?" says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high and see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power
Not one of them is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel, "My way is hidden from the Lord,  and the justice due me escapes the notice of my God?"

Do you not know?  Have you not heard?

The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, does not become weary or tired.  His understanding is inscrutable. 
He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might He increases power.

Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous young men stumble badly,

Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; 
 They will mount up with wings like eagles, 
 They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.


The news and events back in the U.S. seem a circus on my faraway TV. 
My personal joke is that I am a plate spinner in my own life circus!   Overwhelming at times and full of color and excitement, my days can pull the breath right from my core. As a military, homeschooling mama, I feel like I'm living in a vacuum of unanswered questions!!!  And I know in my own extended family, the times beg for answers.  Unfound employment, illness, government ineptness, all loom as monsters.  All the hubbub may not make sense or smell logical as they scream impending doom. 

Yet I must trust, gripping tightly to Isaiah 40 and what I know of Him.  


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