After a midmorning breakfast of Scotch oats, topped Demerara sugar, walnuts and a scant sprinkling of Henry's treasured Caribbean cask Balvenie Scotch, I settled in at my desk for a time of prayer and study. It's a bit of a challenge to focus on a day like today. My desk sits in a corner, framed in by three windows. To my left, the azure blue North Sea (don't be fooled by the color - it is NOT warm), and Copinsay, a tiny island crowned by an aged, yet stalwart lighthouse. It still faithfully flashes at night...a beacon of light, warning of the danger of shipwreck. A few fishing boats have taken advantage of the calm, and are bobbing happily along. The winding country road is quiet, but for the occasional tractor. Farms awaken from winter slumber...
Ah yes, what was that about focus??? With body, mind and spirit back at the desk I began to reflect on our evening, on tea time with Tracy (another beautiful and generous neighbor) and our seemingly strategic placement here in Deerness. I sensed the Lord whispering, 'Be still and listen!' I have not been very good at this lately. As I listen, I hear Him speaking a verse from Revelation chapter three and find myself writing it in my journal:
"At 4:00 this morning I heard distant church bells tolling the hour...and I sensed the need to look at the word 'hour' in Scripture...as I researched the word 'hour' - I was struck by Jesus words to the church at Philadelphia (Rev. 3):
"I know thy works: Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou has a little strength, and has kept my Word, and hast not denied my Name. Behold...because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation that is coming upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I will come quickly: Hold fast that which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall GO NO MORE OUT..." (The Greek for 'OUT', by the way, is 'ex-o', the root of exit and expat)
2. I believe His intention is to provide a LIGHTHOUSE, with the goal of preventing the shipwreck of souls.
3. It has NEVER been more important to hear the Good Shepherd's voice. His sheep know His voice...but we will miss it if we do not take time to listen. Him who has an ear, let him hear!
4. There is only one Way to join the flock...Jesus is the way. There is NO OTHER NAME BY WHICH MEN CAN BE SAVED. Each of us is either walking toward Him or away from Him...we must choose.