I've been reading Simply Tuesday by Emily Freeman. The idea of practicing "Small-Moment Living in a Fast Paced World" is put into bite sized sections that I've pondered this last month. I was reminded again that if I focus only on the next "stage of life" I could be missing "stairwells" of life where seemingly insignificant moments create memories and lessons are learned. Learning to be content where I am at instead of competing for bigger and better and embracing what comes my way today instead of waiting for the big moments on the calendar leaves my soul more at peace.
The chapter on Vision and Contentment touched my heart because I have often said, that I wouldn't have wasted so many days of my life in fear if I had known it would all be okay. Those are times I can never redeem but I have a loving God who can.
"We can't prevent storms from coming, but I can decide not to invent my own." ~ Emily Freeman, Simply Tuesday
How often have I invented the scenarios unfolding with outcomes that are unsolvable? When I look back on my life I can see that it was in those moments where I had no choice but to trust God, where I could begin to understand that God came near to my soul and revealed who he was where I was, not where I thought I wanted to be. Time has taught me that I know God is with me instead of just depending on feeling his presence. Spending time in the Bible gives me roots for for those days when fear robs my soul of peace. When I confess my fear and my creation of calamity to God he is there listening to me. I want to walk my faith in a way that no matter where my journey will go, it will be okay because the one that loves me most is along the journey with me.
"Fear moves through like a tornado unable to discern between the delicate dreams for the future or the purposeful moments of now. God speaks in the still, small whisper. He is careful not to trample on the dreams he places within us. Instead, he waters them, walks with us toward them, and continues to give us the glimpses we need to keep on going." Emily Freeman, Simply Tuesday
I want to live my ordinary days in such a way that when they are all strung together, I will know that the days God gave me were for my good and for his glory.
Since it is Giving Tuesday, I will be donating $1 for each comment here and on Facebook to MCC helping the refugees who will be settling in Canada.
This post was inspired by a book club, "Ellen's Picks". Ellen Graf-Martin is a great Canadian leader helping to resource other leaders. For more thoughts inspired by Simply Tuesday, visit Ellen's Picks.