This is the time of year many of us consider how we want to live life better – small ways we may improve our lives and live out that which we value most. We ‘resolve’ – make resolutions – to do the things that matter most to us – regularly.
Diet and exercise top American’s list of want ‘to-do’s’/resolutions.
I’ll be honest, sometimes I want more than that.
I want more than health, or a nice waistline – not that I don’t enjoy it when my muffin top is sitting well below, even tucked inside, the waistband of my tightest jeans. Those months when I am at my fittest, it feels good, that’s for sure.
But, deep down – in my heart of heart’s, I want to live a life that is good and true and somehow has significance. The kind of significance that is like a smile from God. Colossians 1:10 says it well “that you may live a life worthy of the Lord”.
Do you ever long for deeper meaning? For a truer life?
Do you long for a bigger purpose – the God ordained kind?
So much of my life coasts along, a product of circumstances. The life I was born into. The usual flow – go to work, come home, make dinner, go to daughter’s basketball game. The usual. The necessary. Meals, right?
So, when does God intervene? When does God’s plan usurp or take us out of the ordinary?
When we are ready. Heart ready. Soul ready. Tender to His call. And, I believe, His call takes place most often in the smallest corners of our life.
He uses us in our Here and Now lives – He uses us where we are – whether we are a stay-at-home mom with young children, or working in a regular, secular job – God takes us as we are, where we are and allows us the precious work of being part of His plan unfolding – His presence coming down to touch lives on earth.
The greatest plans.
Honestly, sometimes I forget…….
God has plans for me!
God’s plans occur in the ordinary. Amidst the grind. Amidst the rush.
A moment occurs. Will I take it?
Will I see God’s fingerprint in the interruption, or the apparent coincidence? Will I stop what I am doing and pray? Will I look deeply into the eyes of the person, be it my child or the homeless man on the corner and really see what the need is? Will I share it?
A beautiful example of God’s working amidst the daily grind is the life of Jesus himself.
The majority of Jesus’ ‘big’ events happened amidst the interruptions of his day.
Jesus was a most interruptible person. He stopped a funeral procession to change a person’s history – he stopped to heal ten lepers screaming at him – he stopped while walking through a crowded street at the feel of a woman’s touch on his cloak.
Jesus was forever being stopped amidst his plans, often amidst huge crowds following him, to change lives and history.
Interruptions are sometimes the place where our plans ‘meet’ with God’s plans.
God offers you and I moments during our days to extend His life to someone else, will we take them?
One thing I’ve been doing the past several years to increase my awareness of God’s plans is praying the Lord’s Prayer daily.
For some it is too canned, too programmed – no spontaneity. For me, it has been a huge blessing. It has brought my focus back, daily, on one important thing…
I now pray, daily:
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Your kingdom come …… in my heart, in my life, in my health. Your will be done……in my heart, in my life, in my family, in my daughters’ lives….”.
For me this has been crucial. Life changing. It has reminded me of His will and His plans. And it has helped me to realign myself with Him.
Truly, the prayer that never fails.
Me aligning my heart with His. I believe He is having His way more, because I’m asking Him to.
His will. His way. This day.
**Well, you’ve a small picture of why I chose my blog title ‘This Day – God’s Way’! I hope you’ll consider along with the usual New Year’s goals, some new ways of listening to God and responding to Him in the smallest corners of your life. Grace and truth be yours in 2017…