“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.” -C.S.Lewis, The Four Loves
For me, a dream afternoon might be spent sipping a cappuccino in a French cafe or strolling the side-streets of Paris.
And while that may or may not be something I'm able to experience some day, I take comfort in this: whatever tantalizing joy or thrill is gained from such experiences, I need not feel like I'm missing out if such a luxury is never afforded me again. Why? Because these thrills are just glimpses, just a foretaste of what awaits me in Eternity. Would something delightful exist on earth that cannot be surpassed in Heaven? I think not. His kingdom is better than the best dream day on earth.
GIVEAWAY! "Choosing Light"
Sally shares this prayer in the beginning of Own Your Life, a prayer she declared before the Lord over 20 years ago. It is the inspiration for this painting:
“Lord, I will choose to find light in the darkness. I have no guarantee about how any of this will turn out, but I am planting flags of faith. No matter what happens, I will be as obedient as I can to bring joy into this place, to create beauty in the wilderness, to exercise generous love, and the persevere in patience. I will choose to believe that wherever you are my faithful companion is the place where your blessing will be upon me.” (p. 9, Own Your Life)
Through the mingling of dark and light, this piece draws on the essence of Redemption, the captivating story of God inviting us out the the darkness and into Light.
As we cling to that Light, we aren’t spared from the storms of this world, yet by His grace, we persevere with full confidence in our victorious Redeemer, choosing light.
And grab a copy of this book- her writing has shaped my parenting tremendously.