Why wait? Why wait when you can have it all now?
That’s my question as I look to the next season of my kids going back to school. As a mom who wants to be a part of something bigger than myself, I naturally want to jump on board every train I see and hear passing by. Every boxcar has something written on the side, phrases like:
“The newest and latest Bible study starts soon, register today. Two spots left.”
“Got a favorite hobby? Join a small group and meet new friends who love what you love. Or consider starting your own group.”
“Top Ten Ways to Jump Start Your Ministry. Sign up today!”
“Lose that summer vacation weight now. Register for a spin class at the YMCA.”
“Feeling out of sorts? Buy our best selling book on organizing your life for half price—today only! Also, look for discounts on organizing supplies at retailers near you.”
“Visit your local library for the newest releases on cookbooks. Learn to make healthy dinners in five minutes or less.”
“Invest in marriage and family. Register online for our life-changing weekend seminar.”
“Enter every writing contest you hear about. Why not? You can’t win if you don’t play.”
“Say yes to every good sounding opportunity. After all, God knocked first.”
Can you imagine trying to read all this graffiti on these boxcars? And then, trying to run fast enough to hop onboard your top three picks? Sounds crazy or impossible, doesn’t it?
Well, that’s about how I feel as I try to process all of life’s choices and plan for my tomorrows. This week I’ve been extra grumpy and restless. I’m sure you see clearly why, right? I am burnt out from over-thinking. Talk about a fried brain! I haven’t done much today except for I ran alongside a lot of passing trains–again. Some trains even have passengers on them, waving me on. My eyes go from left to right and again, left to right. Over and over. I haven’t jumped onboard yet, because I know I should seek God’s wisdom first.
Finally today I sat still. As I did, this is what I heard Him say:
Rest and wait on me. Stop your busyness long enough to hear my voice. You will hear, “This is the way, walk in it.” Do not fear the worst. But rather, imagine the opportunity. Watch for me. Look and listen. Do not go astray, stay beside me, stay close to my heartbeat. Hear me, I will not fail you. My plan for you is good. Come closer.
Sounds like God doesn’t it? He’s asking me to draw closer to Him and rest and wait and listen. He didn’t say go do. In essence, he said BE. His arms are wide open for me, the busy thinker that I am. All my striving is really distracting me from what I really needed today.
A big hug from a loving Father.
I already feel better.
Heavenly Father, why is it I can get so wrapped up in all the great opportunities set before me and miss what I need most? Your presence. Your embrace. Thank you that you know me and that you see right through my heart. You knew what I needed to hear. Please help me rest in you. I lay all my burdens and choices at your feet. Hand me my portion. No more, no less. Calm my restless spirit and allow me to enjoy your warm touch. In Jesus name, Amen
- The Gift
- Don’t ever give up!