work [butt in chair]
Butt in chair. That’s the phrase Sammie used not to long ago and it’s been rolling klutzy through my head ever since. I was complaining about not having enough time to write. And then I was crying about guilt holding me back from going to write when I finally did have the time. And the whole time I was thinking why hasn’t God made this easy for me? I mean he asked me to do this!
Here’s the thing. God is love. He’s not hovering above my head, silent and uninvolved and then critical when I fail to measure up. He actually cares deeply about me and my work. God is practical. I tend to forget that. He fed five thousand people because he knew it was cruel and dangerous to make them trek the many miles it would take to get home. He rained manna down from the sky when the Israelites were wandering through the desert because water and food weren’t accessible. And after he created the world and all that is in it, he rested on the seventh day. He knows what humans need.
So, bearing this in mind, I just finally asked him to show me daily available time I could take to write and then I asked him to give me the courage to take that time.
And he did. Why am I so surprised?
1 Peter 4:10-11 “Each one of you should use whatever gift he has received [the calling God has placed on your life] to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in various forms [God calls us each to different things] …If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides…” [It does not say if God provides, or he might provide. God provides.]”
Now some questions for you. What is the work you are called to do? Is there something holding you back? Are you tired of trying? Something making it feel impossible? Are you frustrated? Ask God. Speak gently and honestly with him as if he is your best friend. He will answer.
I’d love to hear from you. Has God provided? Is he speaking? Or is everything silent. Is there a brick wall sitting in the middle of your road?