Hold the vision, trust the process. God loves the process. I want the destination. But, it is in the process where he is forming our character to what He wants it to be. Equipping us now for the journey that He is guiding before us.
This is a busy season of life right now. Juggling so many things and wearing so many hats. I feel like I have been burning both ends of the candle for awhile. I won’t bore you with the details, but let’s just say that I have very few spare moments in my day.
How about you? Perhaps you’re winding down the school year , planning graduations, Maybe you’re juggling the extracurriculars of multiple kids. Serving in your church. Are you bearing a heavy load at work? Or caring for aging parents? Trying to help your adult children? Caring for a sick friend or family member and trying to take care of your own family?
We all experience crazy seasons in life. They say, (whoever they is) that three of the most stressful things in life are moving, empty nester syndrome and a new job. Well, I am experiencing all three at the moment and add in an additional move of my horses and equipment. In these seasons, sometimes it means we have taken on more than God wants us to but other times it means that we are right where He wants us.
Today is a special day that is about to unfold for me. I am sitting here preparing myself for it. For we have searched for our own farm to bring my horses home instead of being in a show barn or leasing a barn for over five years. We close in a month on our new place. But, we are moving are horses over early today. The dream is happening. The door has opened and it is really happening. They will be on the land where we plan on them having their forever home. Ours too. So many tears have been shed. So much planning has been done, all for this journey that starts with the first steps today.
So what do I do? The best thing we can do in our seasons of busyness is to look for more of Him. I am reminded of a couple of verses lately. 1 Corinthians 14:33, “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. James 4:7, Draw closer to him and he will draw closer to you. If I am not feeling his presence as much lately, who has moved? Push closer, dig deeper because I need his strength now more than ever. I am guilty of putting my prayer life on the back burner when things gets busy. I need in, to be front and center and the flame turned up high.
His grace really is enough. In 2 Corinthians 12:9, 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 of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
This is a well-known verse and it has come across my path many times in the last few months but when is the last time you had a chance to actually test it and prove its truth? During busy times or hard times, My workaholic personality trait comes out. I brace myself, put my head down and try to plough/push through it. But what would happen if we looked up instead?
Maybe we need to view these time times in our lives as opportunities to experience a profoundly amazing promise from God. Maybe it is where we really understand the less of me and more of him concept. Because, there is less of me to go around these days and I need more of him. More grace…. much more grace.
And, well…that changes everything, doesn’t it? I have the promise that I don’t have to wake up worrying about how I’m going to accomplish everything today , I can wake up with a new anticipation because his mercies are new every morning.
God has allowed me to be front and center to watch his faithfulness over the past few months. Sometimes He provides by allowing me to accomplish more in a day than I thought was possible. Other times He gives me more energy than I could possibly expect on so little sleep. He has prompted someone to offer help in a very practical way. Call with an encouraging word and ordained people to pray over me. What a honor that really is to me. I truly understand in the last three months what iron sharpening iron really means. God is so faithful to place in my life Godly friends. What an answer to prayer for me they have been.
Our lives, my life is meant to make much of Him. IN all our task, whatever they might be, we represent him. For his name sake, lead me and guide me. I’m talking about doing what He asks you to do, and then making sure everyone knows there’s no way you could do it without Him. Im talking about during the frustrated times. During the I don’t understand times. In ALL times bring it back to him for he is the center of it all. We all know that we’re all-too-willing to take credit when we’re feeling strong and capable and self-sufficient , I know I can be so guilty of this.
I have learned how drained I really can get physically. People can simply drain you also. When we are pouring out to others but not taking the time to nourish our own souls, we realize quickly how weak our bodies can become. My quiet time with my Savior needs to be protected, guarded, planned and I need to show up. I need this quiet time in the morning. In the stillness, he shows up. He is a living, caring, active, hands on God who actually works on behalf of His children. What an honor and a privilege. We can call on the name of the Lord at anytime. Draw closer to him…. He will draw closer to me.
Thank you Lord for these reminders. Thank you for this new day. Each day is really a gift from your hand, this is why it is called the present. May we untie the ribbons and wait in eager anticipation for the joys that will unfold today.
How will we measure this day?