How To Read the Message in All Life’s Moments

‘Every dark woods has words.

And every moment is a message from The Word-God who can’t stop writing His heart.

Who can read His messages?

I feel around the back of the medicine cupboard for the bottle.

Looking for pain relief for Levi.

I squint hard, but I can’t read the cryptic, indecipherable text of injured farm boys. Of anemic marriages, terminal mamas … war, famine, disease.





What do all the words written in the world really spell out?

I had read it in Job, what makes reading God’s message in every moment a form of art, fullest life: God speaks to us not in one language but two: “For God does speak—now one way, now another” (Job 33:14 NIV).

One way, His finger writing words in stars (Psalm 19:1–3), His eternal power written naked in all creation (Romans 1:20).

And now another way, the sharp Holy Writ on the page that makes a careful incision into a life, blade words that kindly cut the tissue back to where soul and spirit join, tenderly laying bare the intents of the heart (Hebrews 4:12).

I hold the medicine bottle, but have I found pills for the pain?

To read His message in moments, I’ll need to read His passion on the page.

I’ll need to wear the lens of the Word to read His writing in the world.

Only the Word is the answer to rightly reading the world, because The Word has nail-scarred hands that cup our face close, wipe away the tears running down, has eyes to look deep into our brimming ache, and whisper, “I know. I know.

The passion on the page is a Person, and the lens I wear of the Word is not abstract idea but the eyes of the God-Man who came and knows the pain.

How does the Word read this world? .. …

The good news [is] that all those living in the land of shadow of death have been birthed into new life, that the transfiguration of a suffering world has already begun.

That suffering nourishes grace, and pain and joy are arteries of the same heart—and mourning and dancing are but movements in His unfinished symphony of beauty.

Can I believe the gospel?

That God is patiently transfiguring all the notes of my life into the song of His Son?’::


~ an excerpt from One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are


The Free Printable Plan and Booklet to Memorize Colossians in a Year: Just 2 Verses a Week … a way to wear the lens of the Word to read this world.

{And the Colossians in a Year Facebook page? This beautifully vibrant community is encouraging each other on with resources, memorization tips and prayers.  These folks inspire me every week and lift each other up as we commit His Word to heart and our Hearts to Him … The door’s always open! }::

As the Book Club @ DaySpring prayerfully and thoughtfully discusses chapters from One Thousand Gifts with a series of videos on Mondays and Wednesday,  And  Thursdays here in this quiet corner find the actual photographs that were taken when I was scratching down the stories of those chapters, the story of His relentless, wooing love…

As we read, discuss, grow through this week’s chapters 5: What in the World, in All This World, Is Grace? and Chapter Six: What Do You Want? The Place of Seeing God, — may I thank you for sharing of your brave, beautiful hearts?

And what you are all doing over here? I am so humbled to join each of you who are saying yes: I will give you thanks in the great assembly; among the throngs I will praise you.( Psalm 35:18 )

So grateful for you…
All is grace,