Thursday, July 24, 2014

Go Back to the Beginning

These are God’s words to me for this summer—go back to the beginning.

In the past, I’ve heard, Sue, don’t initiate. Hard words for an extrovert who loves hospitality.

Others have shared their words—do the next thing.

But for me, for summer 2014, my compass points to go back to the beginning.

Right away I knew what God was saying. Not spend your quiet times in Genesis … “In the beginning” … or in John … “In the beginning was the Word”. Rather, go back to the first building blocks of our relationship. Review, ponder, and wonder again over the blessing of my adoption as a child of God. Be enthralled with how God created me and his purposes for me—the basics, the beginning.

It wasn’t an analgesic to cover up what I wish was.

It is an opportunity to listen and be reminded of my true identity and calling.                                         It is a trust that God knows me and has my days numbered.                                                                   It is a time to rest in the green pastures by the still waters.                                                                     It is preparing for the next, making room for more.                                                                                 It is yielding to being instead of doing.                                                                                                   It is the serenity of abiding.                                                                                                                       It is digging deeper into the good soil of truth.                                                                                         It is defining obedience for me this summer.

Go back to the beginning. There is still more to be captured—more beauty, more depth, more reality to the living Word.

What about you … what is directing your time with God this summer? What words are written in neon for you?

“But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.” Psalm 131:2

“even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,” Ephesians 1:4 and 5

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