Monday, August 23, 2010

Something's Changing

My location, my height, my blood pressure, and my perspective is all changing.

For I am no longer running full speed ahead but rather sitting at His feet, and trying to allow His peace and calmness to surround me.

I am sitting and so my height has been shortened, this is truly a God thing, I would like to say I put myself here because wouldn't that be a good Christian girl answer, well I didn't.  But I can say this morning I am SO thankful He has humbled me.  No not punished me, humbled me, and sat me down so I can listen and learn.

And as the days go on I can sense that my rhythm and heart beats are slowing for there is balance being sought.

And in the short amount of time that I have been here I am truly seeing things differently.

For I was choosing to strive over serve.

I was trying to make things happen instead of join Him.

I was avoiding instead of obeying.

Not healing is truly staying captive and remaining in Egypt.

Taking steps to healing is walking towards the Promised Land.  Its not the speed at which you are traveling, but the direction.

Did you know that the Bible is filled with real people who lived in relationship with God?

And friends it's their relationship with Him that allowed Him to work in them and through them.

But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

This is the account of Noah.
Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked with God. Genesis 6:8-9

Noah didn't go off and build a boat and then come back and ask God to use it.  Noah was in relationship with God and God was able to use him.

In Exodus 3 and 4 we see God choose Moses to be the leader of His people.  Moses didn't prepare for years on how to be leader.  I believe Moses in all his humanness said yes to God and then allowed God to work through him.

Then there is David, not even his own family thought him worthy of being a king. (1 Samuel 16)  But God, God knew David was a man after His heart. (Acts 13:22)

I don't think Esther knew all that her title as queen of Persia would entail.  But she trusted and loved her God.  The book of Esther shares a beautiful story of a woman who was obedient and allowed her God to use her, and that is just what He did, in His perfect timing and way.

Oh and if we dare think that we have to get this whole relationship with Him mastered before He chooses us or uses us, think again. 

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector's booth. "Follow me," he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. Matthew 9:9

I don't think Matthew was sitting there preparing for Jesus to walk by.  But I do believe that Matthew's getting up and saying yes was the best decision he ever made.

And Mary, another one of God's girls. 

But the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. Luke 1:30

How did she find favor with God?  Just being, being in relationship with Him.

And because of that relationship He was able to find her willing to be used by Him.

"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May it be to me as you have said."  Luke 1:38.

Something is changing for me.

A whole new focus, smell and place of being.

For I find myself not somewhere I would have taken myself, but truly enjoying being here.
 

9 comments:

From the Heart said...

May God bless you, Nichole. Why is it so hard to just sit down with God and His word and read, talk and listen to Him? I have always had a problem with that. God forgive me for letting other things come before you and help me to do as Nichole is doing, just sit down with you. He has done so much for me. I still need your prayers. You are so open and have a heart for God and others. May God bless you.

Cindy said...

Proud of You:)

Lisa Buffaloe said...

I love how God is working in your life. Keep sitting and soaking at His feet, you are in the bestest place ever!

Jami @ livelaughlove5 said...

that is awesome nichole!

Kimberly said...

What an excellent post for a fellow striver learning to sit. :)
I love what you say about how it is not the speed at which we are going but the direction. So good, my friend.

And this post also fills this ordinary girl's heart with such hope. I don't have to be some spiritual superwoman to be used by God. It's not about me being super at all. Like you have said, it's about being in relationship with Him...the One who truly is super, awesome, mighty, powerful, loving, and a million other wonderful things!

love you so!
K

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

Nichole,

I really needed this today. However, there's still some surrendering to take place before I reach it fully. Please pray! I feel stuck!

My ADHD Me said...

I have been gone too long and it seems I need to go back and read some of your past posts.

An praying for you and THANKING you for the prayers you sent my way. As you have said time and time again, it does work. Seems you got through to even the most stubborn.

I've always known He was there. Always trusted and had faith. But thanks to people like you, my sister Chatty Kelly, Sue J, Edie at Rich Gifts and SO many others I have grown more than I ever imagined.

Thank You.

Not sure if I ever told you, I got so far behind on my email that have given up the account I was using. My newest email address is
tumillion@yahoo.com.
(still not great at remembering to check it, but am working on it!)

Lori said...

Oh Nichole ~ You so beautifully model to us, the obedience of really listening to His voice. What is He after, - not what we desire, and think is best. With Him, we truly can turn any location into a sweet appointment with Him. And, it’s this intimate and personal relationship that allows us to know Him more. Hugs, Lori

Irritable Mother said...

Ah, yes!
How many of us - if we are honest - would say we would have chosen the place God has brought us to? BUT His plans are always best. He sees it all and knows it all. He knows what is best, and if we but trust and obey.
Oh, the joy in trusting and obeying!
I am so glad something's changing for you, Nichole. It's going to be beautiful!