My way is better.
I’m pretty sure I wake up thinking that most every day. My brain is already churning, even before coffee (that’s a scary thought) with what I need to get done and how to get it done.
Yes, I’m a pretty good planner. I’m also good at worrying, bossing people around and general anxiety…(cue the jazz hands, but not in a good way).
This cute little graphic with the catchy phrase “God’s Way is Perfect” is sitting on my desk as I write this, and I spy it out of the corner of my eye often during the week. Did I remember this truth when I woke up this morning? Did I really start my day with this in mind? Or did I check off the idea of giving my day and my perfect plans to Him and proceed with my to do list?
…did I check off the idea of giving my day and my perfect plans to Him and proceed with my to do list?
I know plans are good. We wouldn’t get much done without a little forethought. To step away from my list, with all its scribbles, notes and checkmarks and look with eyes wide open at His vision is remarkably freeing and exhilarating. On a recent trip to the coast, I would sit on the balcony overlooking the sea every morning and evening. Often I would sit there reading, scrolling or posting my awesome beach pictures and suddenly look up and be amazed at the great expanse and wonder of the sea before my eyes. What was even more amazing (and sad) is that I could sit and look at my iPad instead of looking at God’s perfect design and beautiful gift right in front of me.
“Abide” is one of my favorite words. It makes me think of “pray without ceasing.” Some of the phrases from the dictionary that describe the word abide include: to wait for, to accept without objection, remain fixed, continue in a place, to acquiesce. This! This is my heart’s desire, even though the tasks are many and the list is long…to have eyes that see His vision for me, to be fixed on His perfect plan and to trust without objection.
This is my heart’s desire, even though the tasks are many and the list is long…to have eyes that see His vision for me, to be fixed on His perfect plan and to trust without objection.
I want to be rooted in Christ. So that every day is not an opportunity to get my will accomplished, but His. So that my prayers are not for circumstances to go my way or for success measured by the world (and my list), but my prayers are for eyes to see what He has planned. What am I’m missing when I’m not looking? I want to be able to pray His heart, not mine, for my children. I want to pray that He would break into their world and speak directly into their hearts, no matter what that looks like, even if it looks like pain, brokenness or failure. The only way that I can pray that is if I am rooted. Abiding. Every day.