That whole balance thing – shalom with my God – really is essential to my emotional, mental, physical, relational and spiritual well-being! Yours, too! Did I just hear somebody just say, “Duh!”? Oh! Wait a minute, that was my heart! Because of God’s yank!
A couple of 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 meetings with ministry leaders, making phone calls, answering emails, an international Skype call, and some very 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. None of which I had done for a number of days while super-focused in my writer’s zone. 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! – Psalm 27:8
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? Is your heart yelling at you, or maybe just whispering, “Seek His Face!”?
Either way, will you answer, “Your face, Lord, I will seek!”?