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Streams In the Desert for Mar. 12

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Into a desert place apart. (Matt. 14:13.)

There is no music in a rest, but there is the making of music in it. In our whole life-melody the music is broken off here and there by rest, and we foolishly think we have come to the end of the tune. God sends a time of forced leisure, sickness, disappointed plans, frustrated efforts, and makes a sudden pause in the choral hymn of our lives; and we lament that our voices must be silent, and our part missing in the music which ever goes up to the ear of the Creator. How does the musician read the rest? See him beat the time with unvarying count, and catch up the next note true and steady, as if no breaking place had come between.

Not without design does God write the music of our lives. Be it ours to learn the tune, and not be dismayed at the rests. They are not to be slurred over, not to be omitted, not to destroy the melody, not to change the keynote. If we look up, God Himself will beat the time for us. With the eye on Him, we shall strike the next note full and clear. If we sadly say to ourselves, There is no music in a rest,’” let us not forget there is the making of music in it. The making of music is often a slow and painful process in this life. How patiently God works to teach us! How long He waits for us to learn the lesson!

Called aside-- From the glad working of thy busy life, From the worlds ceaseless stir of care and strife, Into the shade and stillness by thy Heavenly Guide For a brief space thou hast been called aside.

Called aside-- Perhaps into a desert garden dim; And yet not alone, when thou hast been with Him, And heard His voice in sweetest accents say: Child, wilt thou not with Me this still hour stay?

Called aside-- In hidden paths with Christ thy Lord to tread, Deeper to drink at the sweet Fountainhead, Closer in fellowship with Him to roam, Nearer, perchance, to feel thy Heavenly Home.

Called aside-- Oh, knowledge deeper grows with Him alone; In secret oft His deeper love is shown, And learnt in many an hour of dark distress Some rare, sweet lesson of His tenderness.

Called aside-- We thank thee for the stillness and the shade; We thank Thee for the hidden paths Thy love hath made, And, so that we have wept and watched with Thee, We thank Thee for our dark Gethsemane.

Called aside-- Oh, restful thought-He doeth all things well; Oh, blessed sense, with Christ alone to dwell; So in the shadow of Thy cross to hide, We thank Thee, Lord, to have been called aside.

  “退到野地里去”。(太十四:13

在音乐谱中有一种符号,叫做休止符。当音乐奏到休止符时,声音完全停止;这常是音乐最精采之处。我们的一生,也如音乐一般,时时有休止符,可是我们顶愚昧,以为这些休止符是我们的末路和尽头,一生就完毕于此。神常叫我们失败,病痛,挫折,失业,我们就非常悲哀,以为我们的人生音乐从此不能再达到造物者的耳中了。可是让我们看,音乐家如何对付这些休止符呢?他们照常击拍,在休止符之后,重奏音乐,一若中间并无什么间断。

神编我们一生的乐章,并非没有计划的。我们只管按谱奏乐,不必怕遇见休止符而恐惶。它们是不能删去的,因为一删去就会破坏音乐的精采。如果我们仰望我们音乐的导师——“神”——他自己正在为我们击拍,我们的本分只是按照他的指导奏乐;奏到休止符的时候,虽然音乐停止了,可是请记得:这是音乐的精采处。过了一拍子之后,音乐就要重新奏起。让我们学习这功课。~罗斯金

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