You servants of the Lord, who by night stand in the house of the LORD … The LORD who made heaven and earth bless you from Zion! (Ps. 134:1,3)
It is easy for me to worship in the summer sunshine when the melodies of life are in the air and the fruits of life are on the tree. But let the song of the bird cease and the fruit of the tree fall, and will my heart still go on to sing? … (Then) I know at last that I desire not the gift but the Giver. When I can stand in His house by night I have accepted Him for Himself alone.
~ George Matheson
God is the goal.
Not results. Not perfect children, or big ministries, or our names on plaques at church. Not alphabetized spice racks or big college scholarships or shiny refrigerators or whatever else we thought it was. Just You.
At the end of the day, a life, what really matters is our relationship with the Giver of that day, that life. What have we learned? Where have we run? How have we been shaped? When the fire burned hot, did we harden or melt? Did we cry out in pain from the flame, trying in vain to get away from the heat, bitter at the Refiner? Or did we remain, though in grief, and allow the dross to come to the surface to be skimmed off, til He saw Himself in us, and so could everyone else?
Lord, hold me still. You alone are my goal.
My goal is God Himself, not joy, nor peace. Nor even blessing, but Himself, my God.