Sunday, November 3, 2013

Breathe.



At those times when life just won't slow down, God takes me by the hand and says, "Come, rest in me."

But in my little mind I see deadlines and important projects and papers and tests, and I answer, "I can't, I don't have time."

Do I ever sit back and really think about how silly this is? Just like in this video, I tell the One who created time that I don't have enough for him.

I think what is happening right now, this second, is of ultimate importance, but it's not.  My math test will not last forever.  My God will.

In this time of my life when everything in me cries to go full speed ahead, God took me aside, and let me rest in His love, His grace.

While I was at a retreat this weekend, one of the ladies spoke about focusing on the eternal things, those that really matter in the grand scheme of life. I get so caught up in the here and now, forgetting, putting off the things that are of real value.

She said, "If you knew today were your last day, what would you do?" That really struck me. We should be living like this everyday, since only God knows which day will be our last.

And so I wonder, if I were to go to Jesus today, would I regret these actions? Would I regret ignoring my brother to finish a midterm project?  Would I regret not starting up that conversation because it could be awkward or uncomfortable?

At the retreat, we also spoke of exchanging our hearts for ones like God's.  I want to feel love for others like He does. I want to reach with His arms, speak with His kindness.

So in the days to come, I want to live in His grace.  In knowing that He is sufficient, I can let the worries and cares blow away.  He is here. He is now. Through his grace, I can focus on the eternal things.

Also, I want to live fearlessly. To reach out to the broken-hearted, to love with abandon.  This is my desire and also my struggle.  But when I am weak, He is strong.

So will you join me?  Reach up today for the eternal God, and then reach out with the grace he gives you.