In a checkout line at the store this morning a man struck up a conversation with me. He looked at the hoodie I was wearing and read the emblem ‘Bambi Lake Roscommon, MI’. He proceeded to tell me that he had property up near Houghton Lake. He said that when he gets up there he immediately steps out of his car and takes a deep breath of relief. Its a place to relax from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I replied, “it’s beautiful up there. You know you’re definitely not in Waterford anymore when you get out there.” I walked out of the store with a trailing thought. Why is it that people long to get away from everyday life so often?
Now I don’t work a full time job and deal with the grind Monday thru Friday that most people do. Earlier this year I did have the opportunity to step into that arena when I was hired to work in a medical office. The three months I spent doing the 8-5 rush went so fast its almost a blur to me. It did however give me enough experience to know what I wanted not to spend me life pursuing: money and vacations. I’m not knocking anyone that does work full time and earn vacation time off to enjoy. Its just not for me.
God continues to point me to Scripture telling me to fix my eyes on things above not on things in this earth. Recently I had not one but two people point something out to me about myself that I never really put much thought to. I have a gift. God has given me the ability and constant desire to share Him with whomever He puts in my path. An evangelistic spirit my Grandpa called it. Almost anytime I am having a conversation with someone, in the forefront of my mind I think ‘how can I steer this conversation to God?’
Sometimes I imagine how people must view me. I don’t measure up according to the worlds standards. I am married and have been for almost eleven years. We do not have any children. And I’m not sure if we ever will. I do not hold a four year college degree. In my adults years I have steered away from ever finishing with one. I am an everyday person who does what is put before them. Currently I house clean and blog. If there’s anything I am passionate about it is getting people into the family of God and helping them to experience freedom through learning God’s Word.
I know God is always at work in and around our world. He’s always moving and inviting us believers to become involved with Him in His work wherever we are planted, everyday. I still feel like God has a call on my life to do something. And I’m not much but I am willing. It makes me think of the Scripture when Samuel was sent to pick out from Jesse’s boys which he would anoint to be the next king of Israel. As each of the seven eldest brothers passed in front of Samuel he could see they were great in stature, from all outward appearances looked distinguished enough for royalty. Though Samuel was not moved to appoint any of those men as the candidate. Finally he spoke up and Jesse mentioned of his youngest son who was a sheep herder. The Bible describes him as reddish in complexion and some versions speak directly about his beautiful eyes. To Jesse, David was from all outward appearances the least of his brothers. But from God’s perspective David had just what He was looking for lead His people. The Scriptures say, But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart (1 Sam 17:6, KJV).
Truly I wonder if this is true for myself. No I am not always right on. Sometimes my mind wanders and I don’t always do or say the right thing. But deep down I know what is right and what is wrong. I do my best to live up to what understanding God has given me. I know when I’ve wronged someone and I know better then to let it linger. I am very quick to make peace. Because number one, I know what its like to live in the state of unrest but also I know my relationship and communication with God hinges on this.
Sometimes I think I live too much in my head and not enough in reality. I do honestly love God more then anybody else in my life. I have learned that my life in the physical and spiritual realm relies heavily upon this. Jesus said his first and most important commandment was to love God with every fiber of our being, along with loving others as ourselves (Luke 10:27).
What about you?
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