Finding The Real Gold

Do you sometimes feel that everything you love is being pulled – temporarily or permanently – from your life?

And maybe a sadness has begun flooding your heart in your valley of the shadow or dark night of the soul.

Holding on to a promise of God during these difficult times will offer that cool water of refreshment in the heat of your trial.

Listen to these words found in the book of Job, a place where we read about a man who lost everything for a season —

Throw your gold in the dust — your gold of Ophir among the rocks in the ravines — then the Almighty Himself will be your gold, and the choicest silver for you.
Job 22:24-25 NET Bible

I believe there’s a promise wrapped up here for you to grasp when you experience loss and sadness in what I call the “valley of the shadow.” In these words I see that the Almighty God is my gold and choicest silver. He will never leave me or forsake me. I need never fear for He is with me and promises to help me. He can be trusted even in the times I don’t understand. He loves me with an everlasting love. He is my Redeemer and Savior.

On a spectacular photo shoot with Bill Fortney’s His Light Workshops team, I remember standing at the edge of the expansive Lake McDonald, the largest lake in Glacier National Park, Montana, watching the sun’s reflection transforming the rippling rocky shoreline to glistening gold. I spent at least an hour capturing different images with my wide-angle lens on my Nikon D7000 camera. Why so long a photo shoot? Because the light was different moment by moment and every view, every shutter click, was a new experience.

So it is with our Lord. He has new images of Himself to show us every day if we will draw near to look. He is our gold and the choicest silver. We will never find real gold in the playthings of this world. Only God will bring true joy, abundant life, and peaceful rest to our soul.

So when the things we dearly love are pulled back for a time, we can discover that our God truly is everything to us — our gold and choicest silver. Think about these words from Streams in the Desert —

Strange time for adoration, you say, to stand in God’s house by night, to worship in the depth of sorrow—it is indeed an arduous thing. Yes, and therein lies the blessing; it is the test of perfect faith. If I would know the love of my friend I must see what it can do in the winter. So with the Divine love. It is easy for me to worship in the summer sunshine when the melodies of life are in the air and the fruits of life are on the tree. But let the song of the bird cease and the fruit of the tree fall, and will my heart still go on to sing? Will I stand in God’s house by night? Will I love Him in His own night? Will I watch with Him even one hour in His Gethsemane? Will I help to bear His cross up the dolorous way? Will I stand beside Him in His dying moments with Mary and the beloved disciple? Will I be able with Nicodemus to take up the dead Christ? Then is my worship complete and my blessing glorious. My love has come to Him in His humiliation. My faith has found Him in His lowliness. My heart has recognized His majesty through His mean disguise, and I know at last that I desire not the gift but the Giver. When I can stand in His house by night I have accepted Him for Himself alone. — Charles Cowman.

— A poem by George Matheson.

My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace,
Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God;
‘Tis His to lead me there, not mine, but His—
‘At any cost, dear Lord, by any road!’

So faith bounds forward to its goal in God,
And love can trust her Lord to lead her there;
Upheld by Him, my soul is following hard
Till God hath full fulfilled my deepest prayer.

No matter if the way be sometimes dark,
No matter though the cost be ofttimes great,
He knoweth how I best shall reach the mark,
The way that leads to Him must needs be straight.

One thing I know, I cannot say Him nay;
One thing I do, I press towards my Lord;
My God my glory here, from day to day,
And in the glory there my Great Reward.

L.B.E. Cowman, Streams in the Desert

Dear friend, never lose heart, even in your darkest night, for the Lord is with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. He promises (see Hebrews 13:5-6). May the Almighty be your gold and choicest silver today.

♥ Blessings and Grace to You!

Catherine

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  • Title: Finding Real Gold
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  • Description: Calm waters and early morning reflection of the mountains across Lake McDonald on the way into the heart of Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.
  • Creator: Catherine Martin
  • Date Created: 09/14/13
  • Camera: Nikon D7000, 12-24.0 mm, Focal Length 24.0 mm, f/11.0, 1/160, ISO 100.
  • Photoshoot: Bill Fortney’s His Light Workshops photoshoot at Lake McDonald, Glacier National Park, Montana, USA.
  • Post-Processing: Adobe Camera Raw, Adobe Photoshop, Nik Software, Totally Rad Software.
  • Copyright ©2017 Catherine Martin — myPhotoWalk™ — Quiet Time Ministries. All Rights Reserved.
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