I knew when I walked passed his hunched over frame that I would have to go back. I pushed my daughter’s stroller ahead and into the grocery store. Lord, you’re prompting me to interact with that homeless man aren’t you? You want me to pray? With Ari with me?
“I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please—not enough to explode my soul or disturb my sleep, but just enough to equal a cup of warm milk or a snooze in the sunshine. I don’t want enough of Him to make me love a black man or pick beets with a migrant. I want ecstasy, not transformation; I want the warmth of the womb, not a new birth. I want a pound of the eternal in a paper sack. I would like to buy $3 worth of God, please.” – Wilbur Rees
Wilbur Rees understood what we ourselves don’t always see—we often just want enough of God. Enough to bring healing. Enough to bring abundance. Enough to bring an answered prayer. Enough to bring an encounter and a shiver down the spine. Enough to bring revelation.
I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
I’ve always loved the book of Ecclesiastes, since I first read it through as a teenager. Maybe it was the season I was in when I first met these words. Of course it was; I was a teenage girl. We all remember those days, right?
Solomon’s honesty appealed to me, and in my deepest melancholy, I guess I was drawn to his hopelessness. Everything is meaningless, he began, and he continued this theme until the end.
Ahhh, distraction. It prevents us from giving our full attention to what we’re doing. It may seem a lot like procrastination, and if you’re like me, you could use a little help with procrastination AND distraction, but the two are different.
We’re going to tackle distraction today, but first here is a good way to remember the difference between procrastination and distraction, so when you’re smack dab in the midst, you can identify what you’re dealing with and address your struggle.
“Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads and I will give you rest.” – Matthew 11:28
In January, I designed a journal for a women’s retreat that I attended, with this verse on the cover (see above). Little did I know that this verse would resonate so loudly with me. I have gone back to this verse over and over this past year. As I have gone on this journey through all of my health issues, I have been carrying a heavy load. Things were better for little while and now I am traveling through the darkness again.
I have felt hopeless and tired.
That’s why I keep coming back to this verse. God tells us to come to him when things get too hard and He will give us rest. So why do I continue to try to carry this burden on my own?
Isaiah 40:31 says “But those who trust in the Lord for help will find their strength renewed. They will rise on wings like eagles; they will run and not get weary; they will walk and not grow weak”
I need His strength. I do not want weakness or to be weary. I want to walk, run… soar.
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My husband slid our car into a parking space at the shopping center near his work, and kissed me and our baby girl goodbye. I watched his grey suit dance across his back as he headed for a day at the office, and I situated myself in the backseat to nurse our daughter before a busy day of grocery shopping and errand-running.
As I sat there, I watched a cluster of crows and tiny birds pick at food on the ground in front of me. There’s always something about birds eating that reminds me of Matthew 6:26:
“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” (NIV)