God’s Timing

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.

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About meanderingswithgod

I Write. It’s what I do. It’s as vital a part of me as breathing. I write when I’m happy. I write when I’m sad. I write when I don’t understand. Or when I understand a little too clearly. I write when God’s speaking to me. And when I’m speaking to Him. And, more often than not, it comes out in rhythm and rhyme. In my words, you’ll find laughter and tears, pain and triumph, confusion and clarity. In my words, if you bother to search, you’ll find me. So, it is with both excitement and trepidation that I begin. This blog. This writing that’s been so long coming. My words. God’s words. Don’t worry, you’ll be able to tell the difference. Mine are clumsy, His are eloquent. I hope, as you read my verbal meanderings, that you’ll be blessed and find yourself searching for Him.
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2 Responses to God’s Timing

  1. Good thoughts. Do take care of yourself, and your health, much as you can.

    Something I remember when I start fretting: Jesus, the One with the most important work ever to do on this earth, walked. He didn’t get into a mad panic about DOING.

  2. Paula says:

    Ok, so I finally got around to reading this. Thank you for helping to relieve some of the guilt I have had lately over not working as much as I think I should. I’ve been worried about sleeping in on the weekends or not working at home after I leave the office. I’ve been comparing myself to others in my job and how I’m not as successful. Thank you for this reminder that sometimes the most success comes from being still and doing what you need to do to spend time with God. I have to remind myself that my race is not with someone else, it is with myself. My purpose and path are not the same as theirs. Thank you sweet friend. Take care of yourself!

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