I awake, a new man in a new world of light and love!
(Alexander Smellie, "The Secret Place" 1907)
"First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens." Mark 4:28
There is a similar quietness and calm and steadiness as He deals with my soul.
So it is when He first saves me. For the most part, there is no stir when Christ revolutionizes my heart. Yet, as quiet and inexplicable as the work is — it is thoroughly done.
My mind is illuminated.
My conscience convinces me of my sin.
My heart is enlivened.
My will is subdued.
I awake, a new man in a new world of light and love, from which I shall never leave!
In the same way, my practical sanctification progresses gradually, rather than by leaps and bounds. My ascent up the strait and narrow way to the Celestial City is slower and more agonizing than I had dreamed. My day has cold in it, and tempest, and tears — as well as sunshine and warmth.
Yet He is ruling within me as . . .
the Teacher of my ignorance,
the Finisher of my faith,
the Gardener who matures my spiritual life, even if my growth takes time and my lot is troubled.
"The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day!" Proverbs 4:18
"The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand!" Psalm 37:23-24
"Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus!" Philippians 1:6