I have a special guest post for you today! My friend Tim Willard, pictured above (in the middle) at the Allume conference, has just released a beautiful devotional called, Longing for More: Daily Reflections on Finding God in the Rhythms of Life. Tim is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers, and I think you’re going to find his words capture you as well! In fact, one of my favorite articles of his is about him causing some trouble, getting kicked out of school, and how he found his way home. It’s on his blog HERE, and you MUST read it.
Below is a sneek peek excerpt from Longing For More. Enjoy! Oh, and make sure to get to the end, because I have a giveaway for you!
My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the Lord.
Lamentations 3:18, NIV
It’s the morning after. Pieces of a relationship lay strewn on the floor. The bitter in your mouth sours your coffee. Yesterday began so well. You were thankful, took a walk down the lane, had fun with friends. But somewhere in the day you lost your way. Or maybe today has been your everyday: bitter herbs for breakfast, the day passing your affliction with blind indifference.
Doesn’t God see you? Does he see me?
But the wonder of days lies in their repetition. The night comes in its starry abyss and the cold deepens in the twilight rising hour. In a holy cosmic gasp, the sunlight cuts the horizon. Within a breath-span, the light erases the night with the warmth of the new day reaching into the valleys—reaching into you and me.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end. (Lamentations 3:22)
The light, again, gleams new. Though my afflictions hover, God’s compassions linger. They are new every morning. They are my night-erasing dawn.
The new day does not promise to deliver me from my trial or my failings. It acts as the refresher: another day to decide to love, another day to decide to surrender.
It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:26)
God’s love does not rescue us from life’s pain. It strengthens us, like the light of day strengthens every plant along the valley floor, to endure. As we endure, we mature. Our character grows. And somewhere in the hushed cold of the twilight we blossom. We open full bloom with the rising sun. The pain of growth produced its fruit.
For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love. (Lamentations 3:31–32)
The great theologian and pastor Jonathan Edwards encourages us with a vision of Christ as the spiritual sun in our lives. He writes:
The hearts of true believers are greatly comforted and refreshed with the beams of this. The day that this Sun brings on, when it arises, is a pleasant day to them. As the light of the sun is sweet to the bodily eye, so, and much more, is the light of the spiritual Sun sweet to the spiritual eye of the believer. It is a pleasant thing for the eye to behold the sun, but much more pleasant to a believer to behold Jesus Christ that is fairer than the sons of men. (Psalm 45:2)
Lord Jesus, help this bitterness pass from me. And may your light—that holy and insuppressible brilliance—warm and encourage my spirit.
Get Tim’s devotional HERE!
Timothy Willard is a writer who recently released his 52-week devotional, Longing for More. He has also co-authored Home Behind The Sun: Connect With God in the Brilliance of the Everyday (2014) and Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (2011). He has written for various outlets including The Huffington Post, Q Ideas, and Catalyst.
Timothy holds a master’s degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is currently reading for the PhD in Theology under the supervision of theologian and apologist Alister McGrath at King’s College London. He also serves as the Spiritual Director for Praxis Labs (Non-Profit), a social entrepreneurship accelerator program.
Check out his Allume keynote HERE!
Tim is giving away FIVE copies of Longing for More! To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is share this post using one of the SHARE buttons at the end of this post! Then, leave a comment letting me know how you shared it! Winners will be picked Saturday! Good “luck”!