How can I raise my hands with complete abandonment, absolute passionate creativity if I am afraid?
How can I totally lose myself in the artistic swirl surrounding me to express deep love for My Savior when doubt crosses my path?
No bands around me. No ropes to strangle me. No inside critical words to distract me. That is my desire.
As much as I would love to express to each and everyone the deepest beauty of God’s love, it does not flow sweetly all the time. I am loved in the Psalms. I am challenged by the words “COME AND FOLLOW ME”. The Creator of the Universe calls me to Dance in His Kingdom. This gives me a very deep jump-start at the beginning of the day. God is GOOD. God is LOVE! My heart burns with a fire so deep, I seriously believe will go on forever.
As the day goes on something happens. I think you know what I am talking about. I can’t quite put my finger on it but slowly uninvited, unwelcome guests start making themselves far too comfortable in my space.
Not bad things, really. Just normal everyday activities. Life.
- What do I have for supper?
- Peter’s friends are coming over, is the house clean?
- Why doesn’t my wonderful sweet dog take a rest so I can write?
- Bills, Clothes. Vacuum, shovel the walk.
- Why can’t I create and say what I want to say in this blog?
- Start a newsletter? What is that?
- Does anyone really want to read what I write anyway?
This is just the beginning.
Left unchecked, chaos, fear or even the humdrum of life become reality instead of the Who I engaged with this morning. If I allow my mind to be encased in trivial or gigantic affairs, the lens of seeing myself as a Daughter of the King changes into being a slave to the cares of the world.
What happened? I was walking hand in hand with Jesus and suddenly, did I put on different glasses? When I closed my devotional, shut my bible, hit the button on my computer, did I end my worship walk with God saying, ” See Ya tomorrow?”
The physical worship needs to continue throughout the day. In my quiet time I need quality time. This demands more than reading mere words on a page to fulfill my daily quotient. I need to engage in deep, extravagant relational time with the One who loves me. In that moment, seeds are sown into my heart, but it is only the beginning. When uninvited or unwelcome guests start tapping on the door or sliding in sideways, I’m not meeting them alone. I’m still on my worship walk. The lens is far different.
BUT!!! you say….
“I am not a super saint.” “I am not called to be Mother Teresa.”
“I am not going to be a pastor or a missionary.”
Are you afraid to go on this deep walk with God? What is the alternative? It is easy to slip into the lens of the world. But Jesus did not separate those He called to show His love. If you said YES to Jesus, then you are called to intimacy. To Know Him and to Show Him.
16 “You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you.
17 “But remember the root command: Love one another.
John 15:16 MSG
Are you sitting with the Lover of your soul , allowing Him to gently have His way in all your walk, even after your devotional is closed? Do the cares of this world seem to loom larger than the A.M. Bible reading? God extends His hand for a deeper, intimate continuous worship walk throughout the day. The deeper the walk with God, the less the panic. He created the universe. He created you. He created me. He knows our needs.
I look up to the mountains; does my strength come from mountains? No, my strength comes from GOD, who made heaven, and earth, and mountains. He won’t let you stumble, your Guardian God won’t fall asleep. Not on your life! Israel’s Guardian will never doze or sleep. GOD’s your Guardian, right at your side to protect you— Shielding you from sunstroke, sheltering you from moonstroke. GOD guards you from every evil, he guards your very life. He guards you when you leave and when you return, he guards you now, he guards you always.
Psalm 121:1-8 MSG
As You Were
Thank you Anna and Nicolas for the mountain photo. Location- Guanajuato, Mexico.