Friday, January 20, 2012


I woke up this morning praying for a friend. As I lay in bed, I sleepily prayed for them first just the word trust, and then a picture: them leaning all their weight on God, letting go, trusting Him to hold all of them.

Within the hour I was still not all the way awake but dressed, backpacked, seated by the window at a small table at Chapters, sipping my hazelnut coffee. My Bible was opened to my current reading for Fridays: Isaiah; today, chapter 10. One verse stood out to me, and I read it over and over. I copied it into my journal slowly, bolding the words with my pen. "In that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, in truth." I wrote part of it again: "... but will lean on the Lord." One more time, just one word: "Lean." I didn't think at all about the picture I'd just been praying.

8:40 am and I grabbed a seat next to Jaynie, cracked my MacBook, joked with my cohort as we settled in to start class. The smiling professor began, as she always does, with reading from a devotional book. Halfway through it occured to me what I was hearing. "...Trust is like a staff you can lean on, as you journey uphill with Me. If you are trusting in Me consistently, the staff will bear as much of your weight as needed. Lean on, trust, and be confident in Me with all your heart and mind."


Lean: to rest against or on something for support; to depend or rely upon.


Emily said...

I just listened to the Sara Groves song (for the first time ever) that I'm pretty sure your blog was named after, awesome! I love you lots, you're just great, wish I got to live nearer you and just be with you and learn from you.

Heather Johnson said...

yay! You are reading Jesus Calling as your beginning of class devotional book! I love that...I may have to do that with my tenth grade homeroom :) Love you!

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As fellow travelers on this journey, we commit to this covenant before God. Lord, in Your mercy, hear these our prayers:

When confronted with scarcity, need, and inadequacy, may we be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Cup of Salvation. Abundance overflows from Your table, sustaining all who come in faith. Father, help us.

When monotony blurs our vision and dulls our senses, may we encounter others as Christ did, through intentional presence in daily life, submitting as clay to be formed into vessels filled with the Spirit. Christ, guide us.

When wounded by the fractured condition of Your people, may we be united by Your Lordship in faith, hope, and love; seeing, as through the facets of a diamond, the beautiful spectrum of Your light reflected onto Your holy Church joined in praise. Spirit, empower us.

When all Creation groans, afflicted by injustice and driven to despair, may the promise of redemption root us in the hope of Your Kingdom: "Behold, I am making all things new!"

Holy Trinity, send us now into the world in peace, and grant us strength and courage to love and serve You with gladness and singleness of heart.