Are you busy? I know life can be very busy; school, practice, work, house work, family time, friend time, sporting events, just to name a few. Shew, I got tired trying to think of everything that keeps me busy.
I know some days start out for me just as I had envisioned them going, and then some days I’m trying to catch my breath until bed time. It can be exhausting, so let’s go beyond our to do lists today.
In the midst of our already busy schedules, do we take time to let God move? This is a real and valid question. I am learning that to be wholly devoted to God that I have to be extremely flexible and handle that adversity with ease.
With ease, ha! When I’m on a mission, I’m on it. I buck up at changing my mind, but why? What if I’m missing out on a better way to do things! I will say that at times I am getting better at this, like today for example. My boys are on vacation with my in-laws, Allen had a busy day in the field and I was looking forward to being alone. Awe. A whole day, no vehicle, no option to do anything but relax. Still sounds so dreamy as I type it, well as Allen was about to head out, I got a call that sent me into a day breaker, ha! No shower, throw on a ball cap and hit the ground running, God knew how my day would look, I had to roll with the punches. It has turned out to be a great day, I’ve gotten the opportunity to explore our new community, meet new people, go for a walk with Coco, eat a yummy lunch, do my Bible study in a shady spot at the park, and I still have a date night ahead. What a blessing of a day!
I had to be flexible, and totally ditch how I thought my day was going to go. God had something else in store for me today, I accepted it and moved on in His grace. It was a decision, I could have been angry, but then I would have missed all of the joy and beauty that He wanted to share with me.
I think that is the key to our walks as Christians, we have to be able to allow for interruptions. We have to give God room to move in our lives and more importantly the lives of those we come into contact with. God has divine appointments for us all throughout our days, ways we can become blessings to others and in turn be blessed. However, we have to be willing to switch things up, it’s simply a must, we are the ones missing out if we don’t take the time needed and slow down.
For example, last Saturday I was busy, busy cleaning out a closet. I had a goal, I had a mess, I was knee-deep in a project. Cobe asked me to stop and come to a party he and his cousin were having in the basement, “no buddy, I can’t. Sorry, I’m really trying to get this done” I explained. They went on playing and I never thought about it again, I was “busy”. The next morning as I was getting ready for church he gave me a gift that he had prepared for his party, it was a small box with a rubix cube and a sweet little note that said “best mom ever”. Eeek! I was so convicted, he made me something, he was having a party to give me a gift and I could not stop for 5 minutes to check out what he had going on in his life! That may seem minor and we will move on, he will have many more parties and I will make a point to stop and savor my time with him at each opportunity.
We do not know day-to-day where God wants to use us, however we have to be willing and ready at all times. We have to be flexible to allow God to move and work in our midst. If we say we are Christians then we need to act like it and do our best to mimic Jesus. Jesus always took time out of his day for the unexpected. He wasn’t inconvenienced or mad, He was willing. We must be willing as well if we want to make a lasting impact on our world.
Read Mark 5:21-34 to see a great example of Jesus pausing in the middle of his destination for a great encounter.
He will always take time to pause for you and I, won’t you do the same for Him.