Whew! Life has picked up its speed! My feet are tired and so is my brain.
I have a couple thoughts rolling around…unrelated really, but stirring around nonetheless. Here it goes.
This morning my alarm went off and I rolled over to snatch up my phone.
As has become my habit, I opened Facebook to see what had transpired while I was asleep. (Because we all know it was probably very important.) The professionals say you are addicted to your phone if the first thing you do in the morning is look at it. This could be me.
I realized too late this was not going to be a good idea.
It has become a really bad idea.
I didn’t have to work hard or go searching very far without stumbling across the most horrendous stories anyone could read, much less at 7:15 in the morning. On a silver platter, I had the vilest news imaginable hand delivered right to my mind and heart.
The world is making me tired.
All the news of horror and evil has just become too much. Between news outlets, social media and online reporting agencies, it’s just overload. This all-consuming, 24 hour news cycle, has worn me down. There is some beauty and bliss in a little less information. Maybe not ignorance, but a smaller helping would certainly do me some good.
So, after putting my phone down and regrouping, I deleted my Facebook app off of my phone. “Hi, I’m Amberly and I was addicted to Facebook.” I know, I could be a little late to the deleting game. Some folks have already removed it from their lives and swear by it!
This is not some huge, earth shattering action in the whole scheme of things. It certainly isn’t going to set Facebook world on tilt. But, I think it’s going to improve the quality of MY life. Who knows the wonderful things I can experience in real life instead of stuffing my still moments with the constant chatter and noise on social media? I might even read all those books beside my bed. Anyway, I have set boundaries for my heart and mind. Thirteen hours and counting. So far so good.
My second thought comes from Ephesians 3:20 in the Message version.
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”
I’m focusing on the second half of the Scripture.
“He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” I think this is pretty awesome. I have never read this verse in the Message version. How could I have missed it all this time?
This is a beautiful passage to me. I have lived this. God has walked with me and dealt gently and deeply with me. He works in me. During times of deep hurt and grief, He didn’t crush me with harsh demands and cold reprimands. He sat with me and spoke to my pain. He breathed life and peace into my brokenness.
This gentleness drew me close and healed me. He knew I could not stay in my pain, brokenness and ashes. He knew there was life and there were dreams on the other side of my pain. And, He knew I wasn’t going to make it on my own. He was going to carry me to the other side.
I marvel at this verse.
I know it to be true.
As I dream now and am on the other side of my pain, I know these words up close and real. He is giving me His dreams for my life. He is teaching me to journey close to His side. I must rest in His rhythms of grace. Not in my own impatient ways. And, He will bring the very best to pass.
There have been so many times when Christ could have beat me up side the head or yelled to me to “GET IT TOGETHER, GIRLFRIEND!!” Yet, He knows the deeper way—the more compelling way. And, He draws me to Himself.
It’s cool the thoughts God drops in our hearts and the work He does even in our busiest moments.
You know how life gets.
Busy helping the kids, the husband, the church, the dog, and all the other people in our lives. Sometimes, it’s hard to find time to slow it down. But, even in all those moments, we have to listen to what He is speaking.
He knows what’s best. He is jealous for us—jealous for our well-being. He knows all the noise and life-pollution is not what is good for us. He has the very best there is to offer. He knows our deepest places nobody else may know.
I don’t know about you, but this season of my life is picking up the pace. This is a good thing. But, I’m going to be mindful to keep my ear tuned to what He has to say. I don’t want to miss anything!