Stillness In Movement

It recently struck me how still you are while driving in a vehicle.  Sounds pretty dumb, maybe everyone else has realized this already, but for me it hit like a ton of bricks.  I was driving a golf cart down the road (this is a normal everyday occurrence in our community), wind whipping my hair, sun warming my face, and I was enjoying the stillness of life.  Then I realized that I was enjoying the still even though moving 28 mph.

Life flies by us.  We have errands to run, people to meet, meetings to attend, kids to chase and general busyness.  At the end of our day, we look around wondering, “Where did my day go?”  We promise ourselves that tomorrow will be different, we will say “no” more than we say “yes” to commitments.  We reassure ourselves that we aren’t a bad friend for not texting back because we ran out of time.  Then the next day ends the same as before, and we tell ourselves “I’m not enough.”

Sister, that’s a lie.  Don’t lose sight of the reality that, while you are flying through life, you are also living.  Be kind to yourself.  You ARE enough.  No one has perfect balance in their life.  That doesn’t mean don’t strive towards it, it simply means give yourself some grace to live life and be messy.

Every moment of every day you can choose whether or not you want to get caught up in the chaos of the moment, or if you want to enjoy the stillness of the moment.  When you’re frantically packing lunches in the morning before school, pray in your mind that God would bless your children when they eat the food.  When you’re racing from one event to the next, pray that God would use you to encourage someone when you arrive.  When you feel “not enough”, pray that God would be “enough” for you, that He would fill the gap.  Pray for yourself that you would feel loved in your messiness of life.

Today I choose to be still in the movement of life.  I pray that God would help me feel adequate and enough.

2 Corinthians 3:5 – Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.

John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Romans 8:38-39 – For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 John 3:1 – See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!  And that is what we are!  The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

That Certain Moment

The coolest thing happened a couple of weeks ago.  I was feeling discouraged and started to doubt God’s calling in my life.  (No, that’s not the cool part).  It can be frustrating to wake up every day with a burning need to share Christ with others yet, when you do, there’s no response or worse, a negative response.  How can God call you to share, and share openly, yet you get rejected time and time again?

It had been a few days in a row without God’s affirmation of my calling, and I started doubting.  It is so selfish to think if God doesn’t affirm His call each and every day then I will doubt and rebel against him.  (You can pray for me on this!)  On day three with no encouragement or sign of impact I started to pray “God, did I misunderstand you?” and “God, why am I even doing this, what is the point?”  Selfish prayers.  I should have felt blessed just to have been called.  That’s when I got the message.

Within two minutes of praying out my discouragement to God, a friend went online and gave me public encouragement.  Not just encouragement but specific words that ministered to exactly what I had just prayed for.  She probably doesn’t know it but in that certain moment she was the hands and feet of Jesus.  She took less than 30 seconds of her time and changed my life forever.  Her words of encouragement would give me hope for a day.  Her words directly from God, showing me that He is listening to my prayers and listening to the outpouring of my heart, will last me a lifetime.

The next time you feel that tugging on your heart for someone, stop and take 30 seconds to reach out.  Text them, Facebook them, tweet, snap, whatever method God puts on your heart, but DO IT.  You never know when those few seconds and few words will be their answer to prayer.  You never know when the words you share are the words that they just prayed to hear.  You never know when your prayers for them will be the prayers they needed but hadn’t yet shared about.  When you stop and act in response to the tugging of your heart, you will be serving as the hands and feet of Jesus.

To my friend and sister who encouraged me, thank you for saying YES to God.  To my friends reading this, say YES to God today.

James 4:8 – Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time.  Quit dabbling in sin.  Purify your inner life.  Quit playing the field.

Psalm 32:8 – I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Psalm 40:8 – I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.

Psalm 18:30 – As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord’s word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him.