The Valley of vision #4: Strength

I’ve read statements from unbelievers that think Christians are weak. That believing in God is a sign of weakness. That is so very far from the truth. This line I read today from The Valley of Vision struck me so profoundly:

“Strengthen me that I may cling to Thee and not let Thee go.”

Juliette, summer, 2019

Think about that. It takes strength to hang on. Physically speaking, if I had to hang on to a building or a mountainside or even the monkey bars, I would not make it. My arms are like jelly. (Unlike my granddaughter who has muscles I don’t even dream of). Thank God I have not been left stranded in that way.

But, spiritually speaking, I have felt helpless and sidelined. I could not have held onto God on my own, but He strengthened me and held onto me. He made me to hang onto Him.

What a comfort.

He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength. Isaiah 40:29

American Night

One morning as I was taking a 5:15 AM walk with my dog Loretta, we passed a maple tree that cast leafy shadows on the sidewalk. These shadows are caused by a street light shining behind the tree. Every time I pass this spot I think of the old black and white movies that portrayed night scenes but were obviously filmed during the day.

Day for night, also known as nuit américaine (“American night”), is the name of a technique to simulate a night scene. Mainly intended to avoid costly (and technically challenging) night filming, outside scenes can instead be shot during the day, with special blue filters and under-exposed film to create the illusion of darkness or moonlight.

I found it so very apropos when I learned that the term for this refers to “American Night”. In America we do love to call day night and night day. The things we once held dear and right and good are now often looked at as wrong, small minded or phobic. And the things we once knew to be immoral and offensive are now acceptable and lauded. Las Vegas brightly lights the desert skyline as it touts “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas”. But the lights of Vegas are like those of a carnival. When the garish, blinking neon lights are off, the rubbish, rust and grime are revealed. The genuine light lets us see the truth. So it is with our heart.

Isaiah 5:20- 21 Woe to them that call evil good and good evil; that put darkness for light and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to them that are wise in their own eyes and prudent in their own sight!

The pictures below were actually taken in the daytime, but I edited them to look like night; the sun to look like the moon.ImageImage

This last one IS the moon