Tell your sorrows and secrets
("The Marvelous Riches of Savoring Christ,
The letters of Ruth Bryan" 1805-1860)
"This is what the Lord says--Cursed are those who put
their trust in mere humans and turn their hearts away
from the Lord. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert,
with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren
wilderness, on the salty flats where no one lives. But
blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made
the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees
planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep
into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay
green, and they go right on producing delicious fruit."
How I do like this passage! It is so descriptive of the
blessedness of trusting in the Lord alone; and the sterility
and disappointment of all creature confidence!
I know not your present difficulties, nor need I know them,
for I could not bring you out of them! But I do bless the Lord
that He has brought you into the very best posture of soul--
looking to Him alone. Tell your sorrows and secrets to
this your Friend, watch His eye, obey His bidding--and go
not to carnal and lower means for relief.