That whole balance thing – shalom with my God – really is essential to my emotional, mental, physical, relational and spiritual well being! Yours, too!
Did somebody just say, “Duh!”? Oh! Wait a minute that was my heart! Because of God’s yank!
A couple mornings ago I got up crazy early, ready to just jump right into what I needed to do because I had a lot to do before leaving my home to get to where I needed to go, to do what I needed to do! I had a full day of ministry – counseling and mentoring appointments, visiting with precious people who are hurting, face-to-face ministry leaders meetings, making phone calls, answering emails, an international Skype call, and some necessary writing time.
I love what I do and I needed to get myself ready so I would be fully ready to do what I do!
So, I got up crazy early because I needed to take some time to stretch and exercise. I needed to take some time to go through the mail that had piled up for over a week. I needed to take a shower. And wash my hair. And style my hair. And put on make-up. And put on some clothes other than just my shorts and a tee shirt – which I hadn’t done for a while because I had been super focused in my writer’s zone (aka writing sabbatical – sort of!). I hadn’t had any face-to-face get togethers with anyone over the last several days, other than with my very kind and gracious family. All who have seen me in my unwashed state and my unkempt writer’s zone regalia, with my crazy-sticking-up-all-over writer’s zone hair. Quite often. And they still love me!
So, I thought God and I could just start our morning out by chatting while I took some time to stretch and exercise. I thought God and I could chat while I took some time to go through the mail that had piled up over the last week. I thought God and I could chat while I got my shower. And washed my hair. And styled my hair. I thought God and I could chat while I put on my make-up. And put on some clothes other than my shorts and a tee shirt.
But! That was not God’s plan! That wasn’t what my heart was telling me either! And I felt God’s good hard yank on my heart! I needed God’s balance – God’s shalom. That day was going to require real time with God if I was going to give anything of His love and grace and truth to any of the people with whom I would be ministering and meeting. I needed to really seek God. And my heart knew that! My heart knew it wasn’t enough to lightly chat with God while I did other things! Not then. Not ever.
So! My heart was yanked, and did what any smart heart would do! My heart yelled at me!
My heart says of you, “Seek His face!”
Your face, LORD, I will seek!
My heart knew that balance and shalom would come to me only by stopping all other things. Stopping all other thoughts and agendas. Stopping all other activities. I needed to fully and earnestly seek my God’s face…which is attached to my God’s heart…which is filled and flowing with my God’s love and balance and shalom for me!
How about you? You listening to your heart, even if it has to yell at you, to “Seek His Face!”?