Remember when there were arcades in malls? Or maybe you’ve recently been to Dave and Busters? Playing all the fun games like skeeball, Crusin’ the USA, and dance dance revolution. Every once in a while I even played Whack a Mole. Constantly hitting those moles to make them go back down into their holes. Over and over and over and over and over. By the time I finally got one “under control” another would pop up….can I say over and over and over again?
I keep hitting. They keep coming up. That’s when I get tired. I grow weary. I feel overwhelmed. I focus on how I’m failing instead of how far I’ve come. I wonder if I can keep this up. I try to tackle sin. I try to buckle down and keep pressing on toward the goal. And right there, in the midst of all my striving His gentle whisper reminds me…
So, at the end of the day, I rest in that…being obedient to the Holy Spirit so that He can do a work in my heart and transform me to be more like Him. He gets ALL the glory. I just need to lean into Him and find that His yoke is easy.
How are you doing today? Feeling weary? I would love to pray for you or just hear from you.
You probably can’t tell in this picture…but lightning and thunder and lots of rain are happening right through that window. The power flickered for a bit and I got completely drenched walking down to dinner! I love a good storm. Mostly because of the change, the awe, the power, the sound, and the gorgeous new green grass. I’m feeling this in my life lately too. I see now the newness that comes after the storm and after light has been shed on dark areas. Storms in life and being starkly exposed can bring such great intimacy and new life in Christ if we choose to respond positively. So, how are you responding to His pursuit of intimacy with you today?
Sometimes a book stays with you long after your hands have turned the last page. The emotions, weight, and power of The Name of the Wind has stayed with me these past few weeks. All of my other books pale in comparison. I love and hate that feeling…
Here’s a glimpse of the hauntingly beautiful book:
“But we are all creatures of habit. It is far too easy to stay in the familiar ruts we dig for ourselves.” p. 187
“I’m not saying it’s rational…Emotions by their very nature are not reasonable things. I don’t feel that way now, but back then I did. I remember.”
“My parents danced together, her head on his chest. Both had their eyes closed. They seemed so perfectly content. If you can find someone like that, someone who you can hold and close your eyes to the world with, then you’re lucky. Even if it only lasts for a minute or a day. The image of them gently swaying to the music is how I picture love in my mind even after all these years.” p. 118-119
I’ve discovered the wonder and usefulness of saving drafts. If I have a quick idea or quote that I want to write more about later I can save a draft, let it simmer and come back to reap the harvest. I have about 3-4 drafts right now waiting to be unleashed. I’m going to read a great book The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss now, but maybe tomorrow I’ll let loose the power of the drafts! Hope everyone is enjoying the weather and getting outside 🙂
p.s. I’m reading through Hebrews right now…what are you reading in the Bible or otherwise?