Don’t you just hate when you lose something? Whether it’s your keys, an article of clothing, or a purse or wallet, it can become an all-day mission to find something you know you have misplaced.
It has always fascinated me how our sense of smell can evoke the most fantastic imagery and can allow our minds to transport us in that moment to places remote in our memory. Such was the case with me just a few Saturdays ago while perusing the aisles of the local home improvement store. The moment became an opportunity for God to speak to me, and enrich my soul.
“If not now then when? If not me then who?” – John E. Lewis
It amazes me when I look at how far we are into this year already. We are more than halfway through 2019. Time literally waits for no one. The pace of life is speeding up and so should we. Especially when we are constantly delaying that which God has called us to do.
We all enjoy talking about the joys of our lives. Whether that is welcoming a new child into our family or celebrating a big breakthrough. You are full of excitement, joy, and anxious to spread the good news. But, why do we hesitate to spread the news of our troubles and disappointments? Fear of rejection? Fear of displaying our weakness?
Often, I find that I am one of the most impatient women I know. I tend to be high energy and want things done right now and in a minute is too late. “Do not put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” But who is to say, when “tomorrow” is?
Silence….it is a wonderful thing when we are sleeping, reading or thinking…but when we are in the midst of a trial, silence from God isn’t what we want at all! We want to hear Him loudly and we want to hear Him quickly! Sometimes, most times, that just isn’t the way God operates. When we are going through a test it may be because God desires to have an encounter with us! It won’t be until we completely surrender to Him with our faith and obedience that the silence will be lifted and His voice will be heard.
Have you ever felt like life was an uphill hike with a hundred-pound pack? God never promises life will be easy. He does tell us the heavy baggage we carry isn’t ours. When God is our guide, all that’s left to do is trust and be led.
As a small child do you remember hiding from the monsters under your covers? If you lay really still maybe the monster that was living under your bed would just go away. Or maybe you just finally fell asleep. Can you recall that nervous energy and fear that built up in the pit of your stomach? As an adult, I still get that overwhelming feeling of fear. Although the fear is not monsters living under my bed, it is the pressures of the ins and outs of the day to day routine Are you facing some type of fear in your life that just keeps getting the best of you?
“Here, let me help you with that!” The words resonate in my heart as I reflect on how always being a help to others, especially my siblings and I, characterized the man my father was! He was generous, warm, and kind; always looking for opportunities to bless others, and he went out of his way to do so. During one of our last conversations shortly before his death, he said, “Well baby, Is there anything I can help you with?” Although physically unable to do many of the things he had once so enjoyed, his heart was intent on serving others. He wanted to help!
Letting go can be one of the most difficult things you get to do in this life. Whether it’s your past, a bad relationship, or that dream job you’ve always wanted — it’s not easy. However, in order for God to move on your behalf, it is necessary.