God’s Glory by Wendy Macdonald

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 | 20 comments

God’s Glory by Wendy Macdonald

Wendy Macdonald is a new friend who writes beautiful poetry and prose, often based in nature surrounding her home in British Columbia. She accompanies her writing with lovely photographs she takes herself. I know you will come to love her writing also as I share with you this piece on God’s Glory. 

 

 

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God does not share His glory with anyone.

I enjoy witnessing the transforming power of the Lord in the before and after story of a person’s life. For several years, I regularly listened to a radio program called: Unshackled. It was a captivating show that featured the personal testimonies of folk who came out of darkness into God’s redeeming Light.

That’s something I can relate to.

I didn’t experience a crib conversion to Christ. But thankfully I didn’t wait for a one-toe-in-the-grave conversion either. And since becoming a believer, my most earnest and heartfelt prayers are for the salvation of loved ones, as I long to witness a God-powered transformation in each one of them too. I wish for it so much that sometimes I feel like an impatient child hovering over a chrysalis:

Lord, I want to see the butterfly now. What’s taking so long?

But, God’s timing and mine are rarely in synch. And any manmade attempts to speed up the process would be as harmful as assisting a butterfly out of its chrysalis. The butterfly needs to go through the arduous journey in order to prepare its wings for flight. A true born-again experience happens because of the Holy Spirit’s work inside a person’s soul—not from the outside.

Manmade conversions are religious instead of spiritual in nature. The religious person will not soar on wings; it will flounder in the mire of legalism and rituals. It will not be Spirit-filled, Spirit-powered or Spirit-led. So, in the meantime, I pray, watch and wait while I witness the painful process each person must go through before reaching maturity.

God’s in control; He doesn’t share His glory.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. Ephesians 3:16-17 NIV 

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Brand New

My old self was a sinner of a worm

I crawled on my belly low to the earth

God’s truth I’d often ignore and spurn

Until the Spirit brought me new birth

And with true faith I was turned around

No longer lingering in shadows dark

My old self was buried in the ground

As I rose on the wings of a brand new heart.

Wendy L. Macdonald, 2016

About the author:

Wendy MacdonaldWendy L. Macdonald is a Canadian, inspirational writer/blogger who also loves to photograph nature. When she’s not writing, drawing, or sewing, she enjoys hiking in the beautiful parks of the Comox Valley with her husband of 32 years. She homeschooled her children and believes all those years of reading aloud helped develop her love of storytelling and writing. Wendy invites you to visit her blog where you will find nature photography and links to her” Daily Bread” style Facebook page etc. at www.wendylmacdonald.com.

20 Comments

  1. Thank you for having me as a guest today, Norma. I’m enjoying your book: Land of My Dreams. Not many books can make me cry–but yours did. <3
    Blessings ~ Wendy

    • I am excited to introduce my readers to your heart for God and the lovely way you express it. I appreciate your kind words about Land of My Dreams! I remember crying at the events in a book and telling my husband I wanted to be able to evoke that kind of emotion in my readers. God bless!

  2. I love this, Wendy. Thank you, Norma Gail, for hosting that precious Wendy. I think of my own transformation process–how beautifully painful. I always say that I just always have to learn and grow the hard way. But the transformation can never be reversed. Glory!

    • You are so welcome! It is my privilege to host her!

    • Thank you, dear Shelli. xo I got goosebumps as I read your words: “But the transformation can never be reversed. Glory!” Amen and glory, indeed. And I can relate to learning and growing the hard way too. 🙂

  3. Like the butterfly analogy. Wendy is right. We shouldn’t try to “save” loved ones from the process God deems fit for leading them to true conversion.

    • Thank you, dear Edith. It takes the pressure off relationships when we remember it’s God who converts. But we can sure pray up a storm behind the scenes as love and faith motivates us to. 🙂

  4. Such a moving and encouraging post!

    • Thank you, dear Theresa. Nothing matters more to a mother than to see her family walking with the Lord.

  5. Oh, what a lovely poem Wendy, I can very much relate to it, as well as to the rest of your post…and the photo and words. God Bless Thank you Norma Gail, for having Wendy as a guest here. Looks like you have a wonderful site here, shall enjoy having a look around. Blessings to you, too. All the best, Janette

    • Hosting Wendy is a joy! I am so glad you like my blog! God bless!

    • Thank you, dear Janette, for stopping by. Norma always writes inspiring posts that draw me to the Lord. It’s been an honor to be a guest here.

  6. Hey Wendy and Norma, sorry I’m a bit late to the party. I really enjoyed your post. It is hard to wait on God’s timing especially when it comes to wanting family and friends to receive Christ. I’m often struck at how different my life might have been had I not received Him at so young an age. In fact, I have talked to my husband many times about the difference between growing up with Christ and not because he wasn’t saved until he was in his 20’s. So it’s quite the contrast but one that is still illusive to me to fully comprehend. Thank you for this inspiring and thought provoking word.

    • Thank you, dear Marcie. I have to admit I feel a twinge of envy over your early years with Christ. Yes, I would have avoided much foolishness if I had walked with God sooner. But His blood gilds cracked pots beautifully–doesn’t it? 🙂 Blessings as you (as we) wait for prayers to be answered in His time.

  7. Wendy,
    Thank you as always for sharing God’s love. The poem was beautiful too. Glad to meet you Norma. Also shared on Google+ ❤️

    • I’m glad to meet you, Tracy. Thanks for stopping by!

    • Thank you, dear Tracy, for your visit, comment, and share. I’m enjoying reading through your book: Calm Coloring. I’m looking forward to sitting down and coloring my favorite ones (you’ll be hearing from me). <3

      • Hi Wendy, I’m away on a mini vaca, and I just read your inspiring comments. You’ve made my weekend. Thank you for buying Calm Coloring. Look forward to hearing from you. Happy Heart Thanks & Coloring. 👍❤️

  8. Wendy, what a lovely post. Thank you. The older I get, the more I realize that God’s timing really is perfect. It helps me wait with a little more patience 😉

    • Thank you, dear Nan. Yes, “God’s timing really is perfect.” We’re blessed best when we remember that truth. I’m working on it. 🙂

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