Guest Post From Caroline

 (Cally and Caroline at Meg’s Wedding last summer)

This week, I stumbled upon one of Cally’s best friends, Caroline McCain’s blog, Growing in Grace.  It’s amazing!

Caroline recently graduated from UNC, but for the sake of unity on Long To Love, we won’t hold that against her.  She’s working in Virginia Beach this summer and then getting ready to go into full time ministry this fall.  Hopefully, this won’t be the last we hear from Caroline, because she’s an amazing writer and she deeply desires to know more of God.  Caroline agreed to let us repost one of her recent blogs, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 

Beautiful Mercy 
Originally Posted on April 22, 2010

I just started reading John Steinbeck’s East of Eden.  I’ve always loved his writing, his storytelling, but I’ve never read this work.  Why I’m picking it up right as finals are about to start, I have no idea.  But I’m 30 pages in and already engrossed.

He writes,

“And it never failed that during the dry years the people forgot about the rich years, and during the wet years they lost all memory of the dry years.  It was always that way.”

Oh how easy it is for me to forget the richness of the rainy season when I find myself in the desert!

This season has been a desert of sorts for me.  But in the wilderness, I have been reminded and made aware –more than ever—of my acute need for Jesus.  I have been made more aware of my insatiable thirst that can only be quenched by Jesus—the Living Water.  So while it’s been hard, dry, and I have been weary, I am ever thankful that He led me into this place to remind me of my brokenness, my barrenness, without him.

I’ve been listening to “Beautiful Mercy” by Laura Hackett on repeat for the last several weeks…

“Yes He’s brought me to this wilderness
where I will learn to sing
and He lets me know my barrenness
so I will learn to lean.”
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