I love this quote, "Mary had a little lamb, it used to be a sheep. Then it joined the local church and died from lack of sleep." I am so thankful that our church realized the need for church family to prioritize, God, family, serving in ministry, work, play and relationships and how each is an important part of our daily lives. I understand God wants to give us the desires of our hearts but we do not have kill ourselves doing church to get it. This blog is not going to be an appeal to serve more or a reminder to balance your life, but a reminder of God's power in us and harnessing that power, serving and remembering by whose hand is the job getting done.
God wants us to rest at His feet. Many think that resting means something is not getting done (that is old Colleen) in the Kingdom. Resting in Him means He is able to fill us up, empower us, motivate us, and feed us. Ever try to hit a moving target? Like a two year old that does not want their face washed and how you break a sweat running to get to the target and praying for good aim. Well God probably thinks the same thing when we pray, "Lord fill me up" When what He wants to answer is "Sit still and I will". What we need is balance, a time for resting and a time for working in the fields; we do not have to choose. Isaiah 40 v 31. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles. They run and don't get tired, they walk and don't lag behind.
" It is to realize that in God's grace-land we do not work for HIM, but allow Him to do the work himself through us. Jesus wants to recognize our complete insufficiency to produce works that produce eternal value." Rather He wants to be the One who does the works through us.
In the story of the walls of Jericho they could have prayed Lord crumble the wall, smash it down. Instead they prayed for direction, in FAITH, praying for seven days and God told them He was giving them Jericho as a gift. They moved forward in obedience and trust, resting in His promise giving a shout to the Lord for it would be through Him that the wall would come down. Praising HIM! Guess what! Down came the walls but only because God did the work. They got to see a sign of His power. " As Christians we are not fighting for victory, we are fighting FROM victory.
He does the work, we get the benefits. Today in God's economy nothing has changed, faith is a powerful tool. A tool given to us so that we may share of His work and so that throughout our daily lives we share and His glory is the focal point of the story!
This week I continue to sit still as part of a challenge to ante up on our prayer lives. It has not been easy, I am mover, but I smile at the thought of God trying to hit my moving target (fill me up Lord). As His child, I smile and stop, with a wee sheepish grin and a humble I'm sorry, then remember He is patient, and for that I am thankful.