Call To Me
I can always tell when God is bringing my attention to something . . . once I start to see the same numbers - numbers on the clock, my cell phone battery percentage?!, unread email amounts, my odometer, anything that God can use that has our universal language of numbers - being repeated in my daily life, it's apparent that God is trying to gain my attention. Repetition is one of the key tools God uses to reach us and get through to our busy, preoccupied brains. But among the hustle and care of daily life . . . am I making God a priority? Or by the time I get kids down, am I so consumed with everything I need to get done while they are preciously asleep and ultimately occupied ;) that I push my time with God to the back burner?
God is whispering in the background . . . “come to me, and I will give you rest . . . the rest and rejuvenation that you truly need . . . you’re tired. And you're in need of my peace, my direction, my love.”
The enemy loves to add his little lies simultaneously . . . “you're so far behind with everything you need to get done . . . you don't have the time to just sit with God . . . you're never going to get ahead . . . just do it later . . . later tonight” . . . (and you find that when later finally comes, you're too tired . . . you ‘deserve’ to just chill out) . . . the excuses are never ending.
And if we let them take over for too long, that God shaped hole, that need that only God can meet, begins to be filled with other things. Food, snacking, that occasional one glass of wine that turns into a nightly ritual to ‘get you through’, and suddenly you find yourself on a constant cycle of trying make yourself ‘feel better’, trying to cope, trying to figure out what is just not quite right . . . that thing you can’t put your finger on . . . but you just feel ‘off’. . .
You have been away from God, for too long. Away from His peace, His comfort, His love, His strength.
I can describe this process so easily because it would happened the same way, each and every time in my life. You would think I would have caught on to the pattern. I have such a zest for God, making sure that He is my priority at any first quiet moments I get in the day with a little toddler girl, 3 high school and middle school boys, a few businesses and God given callings on the side and the blessing of managing this beautiful chaos with my husband. And slowly I am over taken by all the things that need to get done in a day. Household chores, daily business tasks, creating, cleaning up, loving on and having patience with the very blessings that I prayed for running around my house; the lists go on and on and all of the sudden I have pushed God aside . . . and have ultimately said "not now God" to His whispers to come near.
Who wants to say no to God? Not me.
Jeremiah 33:3 Amplified Bible (AMP)
3 ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’
God is always there waiting. Waiting to reveal things in ways that only He can. If only we would call on Him.
The repetition of 33 the past few days, and then to ‘randomly’ have this verse pop up, is not an accident. It is a Divine appointment to share what God is exploding through my being and heart in this very moment. When we are close with God . . . when we call on Him and listen to His guidance, He reveals SUCH mighty things in our life, in our situations, things that we wouldn’t have even thought of. But given His perspective and wisdom, what He shares with us is truly priceless.
Father, we love you so much and are so incredibly thankful for all of the ways that you love us, and are patient with our preoccupied selves. We ask for forgiveness not only of our sins, but particularly for those times when we preoccupy ourselves with the daily tasks of life, and don’t sit and come to rest with you. Please convict us and give us the obedience and discipline to sit with you and hear all of the things that we need to hear from you today. Please reveal to us those things that we cannot understand and distinguish without you. We ask that your will be done, not ours God, and ask for your guidance over our lives and your perspective through it all. We love you, Amen.