This is an excerpt from the July 24th devotional in Springs in the Valley, by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman. I found this to be very encouraging, considering my struggles in staying in the Word and feeling God’s presence in my life.
Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet, have believed. (John 20:29)
There are those to whom no visions come, no moments upon the mount suffused with a glory that never was on land or sea. Let not such envy the men of vision. It may be that the vision is given to strengthen a faith that else were weak. It is to the people who can live along the line of what others call the commonplace, and yet trust, that the Master says, “Blessed.”
Beware of a life of fitful impulse. Live and act on sustained principle. It is a poor thing—the flash of summer lightning, compared with the steady luster of moon and star.
“The darkest night has stars in it!”
When the low mood comes, open your New Testament. Read it imaginatively: stand on the shore at Capernaum; visit the home at Bethany; sit by Jacob’s well and in the Upper Room; look into the eyes of Jesus; listen to His voice; take a walk around by Calvary; remember the crown of thorns; then tell yourself (for it is true), “All this was for me! The Son of God loved me, and gave Himself for me.” And see if a passion of praise does not send the low mood flying.
“Praise and service are great healers.” When life grows sore and wounding, and it is difficult to be brave, praise God! Sing something, and you will rally your own heart with the song!
You must learn to swim and hold your head above the water even when the sense of His Presence is not with you to hold up your chin. ~Garden Of Spices
Do not depend on frames or feelings. You cannot always live in the tropics.