*Revised from October 7, 2014
I am having a lot of those right now…random thoughts. I think mostly it’s because of the change in the seasons, and with the change in nature, I have this desire for other changes.
I want to change my surroundings, I want to change the way I manage my time. (I don’t know if you know this, but sometimes having control of your schedule often times can lead to poor use of your time. This is mostly due to the fact that we begin to believe we have all the time in the world.) I want to control.
I suppose I need to remind myself (AGAIN) to just go with the flow without growing slack. Part of my problem is I battle with being an overachiever. I measure things, I weigh their value, I count ALL THE TIME. Actually, I’ve gotten to a point where I no longer do this but I mean I used to count as I walked down the stairs or hallway. It sounds so OCD. YIKES!
It wasn’t OCD, it was actually a way that that ugly controlling attitude used to rear its head. “Twenty seconds of time gone walking down the hall when you could have been doing something more productive.“
Do you ever have these thoughts? Do you ever feel like even with your best attempts you are just not doing enough? So what you edited 5 chapters of a manuscript! You should have done 10! Two loads of laundry done when you could have finished and folded it all if you were more productive.”
It’s in these moments that I have to remind myself what the Word of God says, that the steps of the righteous are ordered by God, and that HE delights in them (Psalm 37:23).
God Himself, the all-knowing, ALL loving, merciful God, has planned every moment of our lives, and if we will take His hand, walk in faith with Christ Jesus, His mighty right hand, then we can be confident that every step is a step toward good and victory.
We can celebrate the walk down the hallway, that twenty-second moment of doing one single act, knowing that our Heavenly Father delighted in our walking alone.
It’s no different from when a parent sits and watches with expectant joy the first steps of their child.
I am not yet a wife or mother, but I have many nieces and nephews, and I have to tell you that sometimes I look at them and just smile with delight.
My eldest niece is twenty-seven years old. But a few years ago, there was one evening she came over for dinner with one of my sisters and my eldest brother’s fiancee. We all sat on the king-sized bed watching recorded sitcoms, and in the midst of that she lay her head down and fell asleep.
I delighted in that. I delighted in seeing and remembering when she was born and how much she had grown, the woman she had become. I delighted in her resting. I delighted in her.
If I, her aunt, can feel that delight, how much more does God delight in us, His beloved children?
SO MUCH MORE!
At the end of all things, it doesn’t matter if I tick off every box on my to-do list, if I “maximize” every millisecond of my day, or if I get as many words written or edited, or paintings done. All that matters is that I started off every step trusting God and allowing His perfect will to be done, and if at the end of the day He delights in what He has planned for me, then maybe I should too!
So here is a reminder to us all to just delight in Him, delight in the day and delight in every step, no matter what it looks like.
~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!