Sanctuary Upshot Saint Mary’s Studley Royal, Yorkshire UK
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Balance. Firm. Fixed. Secure. Stable. Steady.
Oh we are all seekers of this. Grasping at it, aching for it. Hoping that the next day, the next hour might bring a bit of it. Yet we forget Who grants us this, Who gives order and meaning to our days.
I am amazed at these cathedrals of old, when no computer existed and all of this sprung from the mind of unnamed artisans who have since slipped off this mortal coil, unnamed still. Who, for a span of a lifetime, strove for greatness, never seeing the end result. Imagining the stone carver, teetering between heaven and earth, one misstep away from a quick death and an arrival at the heaven he is striving to emulate. And then, it strikes me. This is our calling too. To teeter between the seen and the unseen. To leave behind a legacy uncertain to our own knowledge, yet plainly seen afterwards.
The question becomes…
what am I striving for?
what legacy am I building?
is it worth my whole lifetime?
Funny how that changes your perspective.
He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. (Isaiah 33:6)
I love Isaiah 30:15, you reminded me of it with the writing above and the verse you shared.
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength”
When i notice strife welling up in me it is usually time to confess to Him or a friend, then get quiet and hear Him say “trust me, i love you, let me be your lifetime of legacy building…”
You are such an eloquent writer! I am so glad that when you speak in small group or to me in person that you don’t use huge words i can’t understand or have to look up after i have spoken to you! i work on my vocabulary almost daily, but it needs much. Just thought i would share that with you, i meant to the last time we were at R and P’s house– i appreciate that you have much knowledge, but you don’t come across as a “know it all”, that you are constantly learning from others and allowing them to speak into your life, your marriage, your parenting…life in general…we all could take notes from you on that!
What a beautiful post, your choice of text, the photos and your thoughts all blended so eloquently into something we all feel at times but can not always explain.