Some people believe in coincidence, I believe in Godincidence.
This past fall, I was perusing books at the thrift store, for my journal making, when I happened upon “Streams in the Desert” by Mrs. Chas E. Cowman. She wrote this book in 1925 and it is all written in the King James language of the day… with “hither” and “thither” and a few “shalls”…I love the old English, it provides more food for our brains!
I’ve mentioned this book before, but I must let you know or at least warn you, that this book is full of inspiration and hope and crazy Godincidences. I was going to deconstruct this fabulous little book and turn it into one of my journals, but I made the glorious mistake of actually reading it. Well, needless to say, this book “spoke” to me, and to Jukavo and to all whom I have read it to. It has an entry for every day of the year from Jan.1 – Dec.31. The crazy thing is, when I read people their birthday entries, I get all kinds of responses like, “OH MY GOD!”, or tears, or jaws dropping to the ground or “how does it know?!”. My girlfriend, Denise, calls it my crazy horoscope book and Jukavo says that we live in God’s twilight zone (insert twilight zone theme song here!)LOL.
Well, since I want to focus on the christmasification of my soul, this gem of a book, is my daily devotional and it is doing its part to helping me get to Christmas in my heart.
Do you worry about things? Are you worried about all the stuff that you “need” to do for Christmas? Are you worried that you won’t have enough time, money or energy? Well, then here is the entry for December 1st (yes, I’m a day late…and a dollar short!LOL) it is the perfect start to the Christmas season and the first day of the advent calendars….are you ready? Here it is…hold onto your hats! She starts with a scripture verse, a story and then a poem:
“There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the people of God.” – Hebrews 4:9
An eminent Christian worker tells of his mother who was a very anxious and troubled Christian. He would talk with her by the hour trying to convince her of the sinfulness of fretting, but to no avail. She was like the old lady who once said she had suffered so much, especially from the troubles that never came. But one morning the mother cam down to breakfast wreathed in smiles. He asked her what had happened, and she told him that in the night she had a dream.
She was walking along a highway with a great crowd of people who seemed so tired and burdened. They were nearly all carrying little black bundles, and she noticed that there were numerous repulsive looking beings which she thought were demons dropping these black bundles for the people to pick up and carry.
Like the rest, she too had her needless load, and was weighed down with the devil’s bundles. Looking up, after a while, she saw a Man with a bright and loving face, passing hither and thither through the crowd, and comforting the people.
At last he came near her, and she saw that it was her Saviour. She looked up and told Him how tired she was, and He smiled sadly and said:
“My dear child, I did not give you these loads; you have no need of them. They are the devil’s burdens and they are wearing out your life. Just drop them; refuse to touch them with one of your fingers and you will find the path easy and you will be as if borne on eagle’s wings.”
He touched her hand, and lo, peace and joy thrilled her frame and, flinging down her burden, she was about to throw herself at His feet in joyful thanksgiving, when suddenly she awoke and found that all her cares were gone. From that day to the close of her life she was the most cheerful and happy member of the household.
“And the night shall be filled with music, And the cares that infest the day, Shall fold their tents like the Arabs, And as silently steal away.” – Longfellow
So there you have it. Enjoy, soak it in.
And in case you are wondering, there is a new version of “Streams in the Desert” and it has apparently been translated into a more modern English version if that’s your thing…and I’ll betcha it’s available on Amazon!
You’ll have to excuse me now, I’m just gonna go and get rid of my black bundles!