Chasing the Beautiful

I won’t burden you any longer with more stories of sickness and suffering. I won’t tell how my hours and days pass. But I will probably tell you how I’m inspired to be writing a new book and how I’m learning a lot, both in style and content. Or maybe I will tell you how I’m being refreshed by the scent of water, a quaint book I’ve stumbled upon. Or that I’m trying to memorize the love-oriented verses of Romans 12 and how they’re reviving me. But I won’t tell you how I live the hours in-between those fulfilling activities.

I’m chasing away the cobwebs of sorrow, anguish, resentment, bitterness, and self-pity from my heart and mind that I have slowly allowed to build up. I had said goodbye to complainings long ago but my heart had been beating new murmurings lately that I had not checked at once.

I wasn’t aware until recently that the dross had gradually gathered in the crevices of my heart and mind that responding to my suffering with loathing and impatience was becoming the practice. And I asked myself, “Why should I allow the devil to weary me thus? Why do I allow myself to dwell in the darkness created by cobwebs and dust when I can pursue beauty in my Lord and King?” This abiding in the atmosphere of shabby faith makes the beauty of hope in my life fray and fade, but though heaven and earth will pass away, God’s words will never pass away (Mark 13:31).

So, I’m pursuing hard after God’s beauty to be displayed in my life to taste and experience and bask in. So when His words say,

The Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. (Ps. 103:8)

I will not respond with bitterness, but believe. Only believe!

(Photo courtesy of my friend Perla Frisberg; edited by me).

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  1. It is so easy for us to let those small murmurings to turn into something much bigger, without us even realizing it. Thank you for the reminder that we have to daily decide that we will not let that happen, that we should guard our hearts and minds.

    • RinaPeru says:

      “Guard our hearts and minds”, this, and “let the meditations of our hearts be pleasing to God”. Blessings!

  2. Rina…You have a beautiful blog. This is my first visit. I am linked up behind you at Deep Roots At Home so I wanted to stop by. I loved your resolved here to choose joy and God’s precious Word over suffering. It’s not easy but it’s a better choice. Thank you for sharing your heart. i’m glad I stopped by. Blessings.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Everyday we are given the opportunity to dwell in the beautiful (and not in the ugliness) and we can find that place in the Savior. Thank you for stopping by. Blessings!

  3. Mari H. says:

    Precious Rena! You are suffering so! Yet you are choosing to experience the perfect will of God. You are, and has always been a great inspiration to me. May the God of all creation bless, and preserve you!
    I love you dear sister!

    • RinaPeru says:

      What kind and beautiful words you send my way, Mari! Our God is beautiful and He showers us with it if only we are willing to receive it! I love you with the love of the Lord, too, my dear Mari!

  4. Barbie says:

    Rina, you have amazing strength, and I know it’s only because He lives in you. You are such an encouragement to my heart.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Only because of Jesus – that is true, Barbie! And I thank Him deeply for encouraging you through my life. I’m humbled. Blessings!

  5. Thank you for the inspiring post, Rina. I pray that you feel better soon. Sickness can be very discouraging. You’re right that pursuing God’s beauty helps. (I subscribe to your blog, but I’m visiting from Faith Filled Friday linkup today.)

  6. I pray that you can keep pursuing His beauty in the midst of your suffering.
    Thanks for sharing at Essential Fridays.
    Mel from Essential Thing Devotions

    • RinaPeru says:

      By God’s grace, Mel, He sustains me to keep on seeking Him and straining to dwell in His beauty.

  7. Rina,
    Keep hanging on to the beauty of our Lord! He WILL heal you and bring GOOD from it, too. Blessings, sweet friend~

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you for the precious encouragement, Jacqueline! I needed that. Yes, I continue to hope and wait expectantly :). Blessings to you!