Wooden Apple Platter
Sue to Mark 17 pt 2
A phrase keeps ringing in my head from one of your previous e-mails - "Christ is experientially sanctifying us." I know you were referring to suffering, and its power to humble us before the Lord. But I just had a thought: "Is God able to use our joy and the fulfillment of our desires in the same way? We always try to find some redemption in our pain by rationalizing that God will use it to refine us and touch others. What can He do with our joy?
We always go to prayer meeting on Wednesday night, and Psalm 37 was under discussion tonight. Two verses struck so deeply with me: "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord: trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn." I sense in you a spiritual leader who does delight himself in the Lord, and one who has committed his way to the Lord as well. I am moving pretty slowly on my own spiritual journey and one of the most deeply attractive things about you is the sincerity and tenacity of your spiritual commitment. Already my spiritual sensitivity has quickened through our conversations. One thing I know . . . I can see your righteousness shining like the dawn from here and I want to polish up mine, too.