Soon after I visited Walled Garden I was assailed with doubt. It exceeded my expectations, but I could not explain the sudden, sharp conflict in my heart. Was it a warning from the Lord? Had I hoped in vain? We returned to Orkney and made the decision to put Little Halley on the market anyway. It seemed an irrational decision with nowhere to go! It must have been a step of faith the Lord needed us to take...we needed to walk by faith, and not by sight. The conflict I felt about Walled Garden disappeared when I released Little Halley. Autumn is not a particularly desirable time to list a home, so we expected a window of several months (or more) to prepare for the move. We had two viewings on Tuesday...and two offers by Friday the same week!
that flood comes after ebb, that spring and summer succeed winter?
Hope thou then! Hope thou ever! For God fails thee not!
"He was better to me than all my hopes;
He was better than all my fears;
He made a bridge of my broken works
And a rainbow of my tears."
The Lord has taken my broken works here in Orkney, and shined His light upon them. He has made a rainbow of my tears and is leading us to 'The Ridge of the Bridge' and to "Walled Garden".
You who seek the Lord:
Look to the Rock from which you were hewn,
And to the quarry from which you were dug.
Look to Abraham your father (who believed God)
And to Sarah who bore you...
For the Lord comforts Zion;
He comforts all her waste places
AND MAKES HER WILDERNESS LIKE EDEN,
Her deserts like the (Walled) Garden of the Lord;
Joy and gladness will be found in her;
Thanksgiving and the voice of song."
(from Isaiah 51)
Soli Deo Gloria!