Walking in the fields and groves

Jonathan Edwards wrote of his wife, Sarah, “They say there is a young lady in (New Haven) who is edwards loved of that Great Being, who made and rules the world, and that there are certain seasons in which this Great Being, in some way or other invisible, comes to her and fills her mind with exceeding sweet delight; and she hardly cares for anything, except to meditate on him. She has a strange sweetness in her mind, and singular purity in their affection.  You could not persuade her to do anything wrong or sinful. She is of a wonderful sweetness, calmness and universal benevolence of mind. She will sometimes go about from place to place, singing sweetly; and seems to be always full of joy and pleasure; and no one knows for what. She loves to be alone, walking in the fields and groves, and seems to have someone invisible always conversing with her.” ~Edna Gerstner, excerpt from Jonathan and Sarah: An Uncommon Union, Soli Deo Gloria, p. 153- 154~

How these words have stirred my own struggling and unruly heart. Dear Lord Jesus, I long for your sweet delight to fill my heart and mind with Your singular purity and affection. I ask for the same wonderful sweetness, calmness and benevolence of mind. For I desire to walk among the fields and groves of our land and to tarry through the day of tasks and chores of our earthly home with Someone[my Jesus] invisible always conversing with me. I ask this not for my benefit or acclaim but for Your glory and honor to be revealed through me; to be a blessing to You my Lord and Savior and to my husband Salah who You have charged me with the tremendous, joyful task to love, honor and obey. I ask for the humbleness in spirit to honor and serve my cherished family and valued friends that You have placed within the depths of my heart. That I may also be led under an uncommon discovery of God’s Excellency, and in a high exercise of love to Him, and rest and joy in Him, make a new and most solemn dedication of myself to His service and glory for His sake, for my husband’s sake, for my family’s and my friend’s sake. Thank you Dear Lord Jesus, for being the reason for the joy and love in my once frozen heart and tattered life. In Jesus name I pray, Amen. ~Sara Marie Hantousch

For those who may be interested, this is a link that shares a glimpse of Sarah Edwards, wife, mother, and child of God: it is an audio presentation by Noel Piper.

http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/ConferenceMessages/ByDate/2003/1656_Sarah_Edwards_Jonathans_Home_and_Haven/

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