Last evening, before going to bed, we heard news that totally changed some “really good” plans we had. And, to all human eyes, things really couldn’t be changed to fix the situation. What sadness! It wasn’t at all what we had wanted/anticipated happening. Can I/will I say “Okay, thank you, Father God”?
When I awoke during the night and spend some time in quiet meditation, I had to face the fact that often/at least sometimes, I don’t follow through with plans. I find other options. I went back to bed with renewed commitment to be more persistent in follow through.
Debating with myself if I should set the alarm to get up early for my writing, as on my schedule, I decided to not do that. “Lord, you just wake me up when you want me to get up.” So, can you guess what happened in the morning? I awoke at the time I had earlier committed to getting up so I could write. However, in the morning that seemed pretty early and I found myself saying, “I think I will just turn over and get some more sleep.”
In the midst of turning over—not a very long time—I was reminded of my commitment to get up when I was awakened. Would I now say “Okay” and do it? Or do the roll-over act?
It pains me deeply to recognize that at times, many if I am honest about it, I decide my way is actually probably better than God’s way. Instead of seeing Spirit Guidance as the great gift it is, I choose my own boulder-strewn path and stumble along.
The writer of Romans talks to us about this. In chapter 12, he encourages us to place our life before God.
“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
One of my first questions when reading this passage: Does God really care about these everyday activities? Doesn’t He have more important things to do? But yes, I am reminded that not only does He care, He wants to be involved in all areas of my life. This is the God who knows the number of hairs on my head. Pretty involved!
WOW! OUCH! Can I get an “OKAY”? What is going on in your/my life that God wants you/me to turn over to Him so He can bring out the best in us?