Monday, April 18, 2016

GoogleMap: God to Me, Please?

How do you take care of you in a culture that demands so much from you?

There are only so many ways to slice a pie, or a piece of yourself and your time.
At some point all your giving reaches a breakpoint and can implode.
So many decisions and options, what direction is right?

Sometimes you need to step back from the trees to see what forest you are in.
But how do you do that?
How do you hear God in that midst of the chaos and crazy schedules?
This week I took some time to listen.

Listen. Take some silent time each day if you can, or at least a longer time at least once a week. Block out the demands and the noise. Close and lock some doors if you have to. Set a timer. Go to the coffee shop and plug in your headphones. Once you tune everything else out, check the Spirit's voice in the stillness. So many people feeling down and out, when I ask them if they pray, of course they say yes. But all too often I've heard comments about not hearing God speak, or feeling like prayers hit the ceiling and bounce back. Certainly sometimes God speaks very specifically, or even in less common experiences--out loud. But more often I think God speaks in general directives and reminders. This week, while tuning out the world, I sensed His Spirit remind me that His timing is perfect. 

Yes, I've been thinking forward about the future and wondering about the specifics. Did He tell me how to connect the dots and what words to write? No. But I sensed God invites me to come walk with Him along the way.

He is not a GoogleMap App where I punch in my coordinates and he beams me forward to the precise spot I want to be. Like Adam in the garden, He comes to walk with us, in the cool of the day. Like David, He delights when we are after His heart. Like Moses, we may not believe we are suited for the purpose, but He draws us out, and puts words in our mouths. Sometimes we want guarantees, as if when we put up the sacrifice He requests of us, we get to direct the outcome. But this week, I sensed Him remind me to let go from holding so tightly.

Like Elijah, we are on a journey where we all experience all that is common in this world. Let us remember that God is with us, guarding and directing, and speaking.

I Kings 19: 7 The angel of God came back, shook him awake again, and said, “Get up and eat some more—you’ve got a long journey ahead of you.”

8-9 He got up, ate and drank his fill, and set out. Nourished by that meal, he walked forty days and nights, all the way to the mountain of God, to Horeb. When he got there, he crawled into a cave and went to sleep.

Then the word of God came to him: “So Elijah, what are you doing here?”

10 “I’ve been working my heart out for the God-of-the-Angel-Armies,” said Elijah. “The people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed the places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”

11-12 Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.”

A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper.

13-14 When Elijah heard the quiet voice, he muffled his face with his great cloak, went to the mouth of the cave, and stood there. A quiet voice asked, “So Elijah, now tell me, what are you doing here?” Elijah said it again, “I’ve been working my heart out for God, the God-of-the-Angel-Armies, because the people of Israel have abandoned your covenant, destroyed your places of worship, and murdered your prophets. I’m the only one left, and now they’re trying to kill me.”

15-18 God said, “Go back the way you came..."

Listen this week. 
Write down what you hear.

Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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