Honking geese graciously flying overhead, frozen lakes glittering in the sunlight, leafless trees creating marvelous designs, and white, white snow turning even the unsightly castoff into beauty. There is consistent harmony in God’s creation; it is our joy to focus on this loveliness and model this harmony for “this is the day that the LORD has made…we will rejoice and be glad in it, Psalm118:24. I am observing this splendor from one of the mini-retreat locations where I meet Jesus daily ~ “The Gem of the Prairie,” Stuhr Museum.
At this moment, creation may be in harmony, but I feel restless. I write this in my journal, “Father today I feel disconnected, my thoughts are going in all directions; Thank you Lord for the power of the Holy Spirit to pull me together, focus me on you and take away my concerns; Jeremiah 29:13, Matthew 28-30. I continue to fill the pages with my thoughts, coming across Colossians 3:15 in the Amplified Bible, “And let the peace (Soul Harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts (deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state) to which as (members of Christ’s) one body you were also called (to live). And be thankful (appreciative), giving praise to God always). This scripture reached deeply into my soul; I was going to write some of the words that “jumped out,” but I thought ~ why not let you look over my shoulder and read those words.
You will not see beautiful handwriting, but you will see what I felt as I prayed through this scripture.
Nothing in this world can give you or I the “soul harmony” that comes when we fully trust our Lord; “fully trust” is the key word! ……”Trust God against all odds”…..” Keep your eyes on Jesus from start to finish.” Later in the week, I drove to our women’s retreat. The miles went by quickly. The first day, I heard Chuck Swindoll (Insight for Living) speak from Genesis 22 ~ Abraham trusting God with his son Isaac. Elizabeth Elliott (Gateway to Joy), on the second day, reminded me what it is to fully trust God. Both of those individuals stated these simple yet powerful phrases, above. The weather was troubling that morning, my precious disabled granddaughter was struggling, her momma and sister were so concerned, and my son has an ongoing concern for his wife’s health. I didn’t seem to have that “soul harmony,” yet God, in His mercy, brought those simple phrases to me ~ I grabbed onto them, later searching the scripture for clarity and read Philippians 4:9. I drove home from the final retreat day praising God for teaching me what it truly is to “Trust God against all odds” and to “Keep my Eyes on Jesus from Start to Finish.” Sweet friend, that is “Soul Harmony.” (My Art Journaling memory verse card)