In a time when all kinds of lists are made, goals are identified, the pressure to be something becomes great. Be stronger, be skinnier, be kinder, be more aware, be more involved, be on top of your finances, be healthy… the list goes on, and on, and on. But according to 1 Thessalonians 5:24, instead of the world’s mantra of “be something”– our mantra in Christ becomes simply “be”! As we trust Him–the trustworthy one– He will complete His work in us. He will complete us body, mind, Spirit. He will accomplish His plans for our lives.
It was night that God’s unconditional love lit the whole sky… a night that changed the lives of not only the lowly shepherds out in their fields tending sheep but also changed that of a nation, that of a world– that of you and me.
It’s like my heart said, “Psst! These are the moments of our lives. Don’t miss out!” The feeling of peace, no hurry, no rush, fell over me and I realized, “Yes, what is life worth living if not for these moments?” It makes me want to live with that purpose each day to SAVOR.
Maybe a peach tree has more to do with life than originally thought. The prime peach we wait for still clings to the branch, not ready for harvest. But a handful of other ones– they are ready for the harvest and even fall to the ground. Life is definitely similar…
No matter what events mark our summer season (perhaps shifts and changes with job or expectations, helping elderly relatives, trauma, even a tragic misplacement of home) we can be confident that God is taking care of us. He is redeeming that which was formed as a curse against us and bringing His goodness to the forefront. We will see His goodness (Psalm 27:13).
Yes, I pray that both you and I would wrap ourselves in the quilt of FAITH starting here and now. It’s faith that leads to a restful, calm, trusting life. Even when we are surrounded on every side. Even when physically it looks like things can’t possibly work out.
It is often in these mindful moments… the space that is made… that we can finally see and hear God. He’s been here all along, but often our urgent to-do-lists, social connections and life situations cause us to put Him on hold— when really it would majorly benefit us to learn the skill of putting life on hold for our connection with the Lord.
As the next wave licked my toes I heard His whisper in my heart. “Just as sure as challenges and situations are to come and come, constantly with no stop, even more so my love, my presence comes in over and over again.”
There is never a situation that is bigger than the grace that God supplies. My mother and grandmother live clothed in this gold grace…
Today we have a choice…. Instead of a choice like Elizabeth’s between two good men, we have a choice between good and better. The better path can be risky…. It can be unsure. It draws us out from what is comfortable. It can be nerve wracking and lonely at times, yet it can be most rewarding, causing us to lean into God and the direction of the Holy Spirit more than ever before. We can see new sights we never thought existed.