Today, I watched a short video of Beth Moore preaching. It was a tiny piece of a larger sermon. The part I watched was talking about not stressing over finding God’s will for your life. She made a statement that I agree with completely. If you have even a little bit of a heart for God, His spirit will use that for His purpose.
Acts 13:36 says, “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep.” (He died). The important part of that is “when He had served God’s purpose”. Now, we all know David had some issues. Adultery and murder are the first two that pop in my head. If he was a modern man, we’d see his face plastered all over Facebook with self-righteous tirades about what a scoundrel he was. Yet, the Bible says he was a man after God’s own heart. (1 Samuel 13:14, Acts 13:22).
You need to know. I am a David. Okay, not the murder and adultery part. But, I can be a real screw up. I’ve made my share of mistakes plus some. And I’m probably not done! But. I love the Lord. I have a heart for Him. And I want to be useful in His kingdom. Because of His grace and mercy and propensity for using screwups, sometimes I get a glimpse of Him using me for His purpose.
You might have noticed I haven’t written in awhile. Or maybe you haven’t. Either way, I haven’t been writing. I’m always too busy or too tired or my brain isn’t working. And I’ve fretted over it (well, I’ve fretted a little). But the truth is that my life just hasn’t been suited to writing. My body has been doing some crazy stuff and the best I can do a lot of days is work and then come home and collapse. Week before last, my sweet best friend and I went to Florida. We had a condo with an amazing view of the gulf. We were right on the ocean. The weather was amazing most of the week. And most of my pictures were of the view through the sliding glass door. And I fretted. Because normally, I would be out walking on the beach, praying and getting some serious God time in. But I was so tired. So I rested. A lot.
You see, I’m one of those people who tends to pack my days and weeks so full that I don’t always even get the needed 8 hours of sleep at night. The scripture I use to justify it is often Galatians 6:9, “…do not weary in doing good.” But I completely forget that God means for us to rest.
So, in retrospection this past week, as I thought about all the things I didn’t do in Florida, I felt God telling me I had done exactly what He meant for me to do. I rested. Completely. And when I came home, I started streamlining my life a bit. I’m cutting out some of the superfluous and making a true effort to give my body and mind the rest it needs.
And in exchange? God has given me a glimpse of how He’s used me. A well timed text. A comment to the pastor. An off-the-cuff lesson in kids church. Not because I’m an amazing person, but because He is an amazing God.
So. Do you have a heart for God? Do you want to do big things for Him? Don’t stress it. Just stay close to Him. Do what He says, even when He says do nothing. He will use you for His purpose. In His timing. And it will be good.
Be blessed and tell someone you love them.