Tuesday, October 04, 2011

#218 "But Now..."

"My ears had heard of you 
but now my eyes have seen you." 
(Job 42: 5)

...in first morning sun illuminating first born Son.

...in "the Lord is a God who knows and remembers and because she asked for her".
(1 Samuel 1-2)  

...in "Jesus loves me, this I know."

...in heritage and reward and quivers full.

...in afflictions eclipsed by Glory.

...in love
 soft as an easy chair, strong until death, unquenchable, rivers cannot wash away.

...in answered prayer and double portions.

... in "It's benign, dear Donna..." Emily

...in plenty.

...and in want.

...in deep hug, tears streaming down the dark face of one I've never met, but who heard God speak, cut to the quick, through my imperfect words.

...in pain, in tears, in paralyzing fear, in the horror of the unspeakable.

...in crucifixion, in shared suffering, bruised reeds and broken hearts.

My ears had heard of you.
But now my eyes have seen you.

If not for dark, I would have never seen Light.

If not for the storm, I would have never seen the rainbow.

If not for the wind, the seeds would never fall.

If not for the waves, shore would never be so sweet.

The anchor holds. 

If not for the vicissitudes of life, we would never be so close. 

Because never are we closer than there.
Never feel His breath on our face.

Never feel the warm and muscle of Everlasting Arms.

Never closer than when we are broken, bruised, and battered.

My ears had heard of you 

but now

my eyes have seen you.

I am blinded by Your beauty!



  1. beautiful words, beautiful thoughts, beautiful pictures. What a message of hope...

  2. That was really, really nice :) I loved it. Thanks so much for linking up with Thankful Tuesday over at www.ohthatmomagain.blogspot.com :)

  3. How wise you are, to see Him everywhere and in all circumstances. Joining with you in praise, especially, for the health of our Emily.

  4. Donna, this is so beautiful and honest. I love that you are seeking God's presence in all things...and you're finding it. :)


  5. This was beautiful, thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi neighbor...this post is just beautiful...the beauty of the paradox of life.

  7. When I saw the title of your posting I just had to come here from Ann's. I had a Kenyan woman teach me about the "but now" of Scripture. I wrote a paragraph about it in an old post. I thought you might like to see it.
    Your site is beautiful and so hopeful. Thanks for sharing yourself with us so openly,

  8. ditto to what the other gals posted - this is beautiful! It is my first time finding your blog, and I absolutely love it - your header image....it takes my breath away.

    Thanks so much for linking up to iFellowship today!

  9. What a beautiful example of hope. God bless you Donna!

  10. a beautiful glimpse of our loving God.

  11. I read your About Me before I read your post. "Having been raised in a dysfunctional home..." made me ever eager to hear what you have to say. Your post is beautiful and hope-filled...how did you get there?

    Is there a place I can read/hear your testimony?

  12. I've always loved that verse - "my ears have heard of you but now my eyes have seen you." Thank you for the beautiful examples of those words. Beautifully written and displayed.

  13. My first visit! So beautiful...from a beautiful heart. Listening to your messages! Thank you for sharing.

  14. This post is so real.. and so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  15. oh donna... you care so full and deeply. there is so much Jesus in you. thank you for this.

  16. Yes..His beauty is transfixing and eclipses absolutely everything!!
    Thank you for linking to LACE today.
    love in Jesus..Trish

  17. Visiting from the Faith Barista's place- so poetic! Thank you for the imagery!

  18. Beautiful. And beautifully true. So I have known it.

  19. That was faithfilled and lovely thoughts and poems. I am glad I dropped by your blog today.
    Blessings to you and keep on enjoying the moments.

  20. This was a lovely post and I am happy I dropped by your blog.
    Blessings to you and keep enjoying the moments.
    Check out my site:
    Living Waters by LeAnn

  21. Donna - this is beautiful. Your writing is always so uplifting.


  22. Oh how beautiful.

    I heard the other day that "pain is our friend" and I have been wrestling with that concept. Your description has helped me understand that concept.

  23. Donna, thank you for being such a light! Your writing and the pictures that you used were beautiful and filled my heart with joy. I am blessed by your friendship and your encouragement. Thank you so much, my friend. :)

  24. Very inspirational. Love the photo of the couple "Love"...my husband and I will celebrate our 44th year together in 2012, and we're still very much like that couple you've shared.

    Newbie Here <-- my link.

  25. Blinded by God's beauty -- the beauty he is bringing to my life in spite of ME. Your words are so beautiful and found a resting place in my heart.


  26. So beautiful. So happy I happened by. This is my first visit.

    Have a wonderful day!

  27. Hi I' from Friday Follow I don't see your followers otherwise I would. What a lovely Post. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Beautiful blog. I loved it. First visit. Visting from the Finding Joy blog hop.

  29. What a beautiful post, and I can't tell you how much I needed to hear that this morning.

    Follwoing from the blog hop.

  30. A beautiful list of gratitude to go along with that wonderful verse. I am reading Job right now...I'll keep my eyes open for that verse!

  31. Oh, Donna. So moving. I love reading your story, intertwined with THE story. Such beautiful pictures from life and love.

  32. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful post!

  33. What a beautiful post. Thank you, dear Donna, for sharing it with us.

  34. fantastic post..thanks for sharing! Found you on the blog hop and am following now. Hope you have a great evening!


  35. Thanks for sharing! I found you on iFellowship.

  36. Beautiful!thanks for sharing, I'm stopping by from ifellowship!