This “pause button” thing (see past posts for explanation, if needed) has had some serious, positive, impact on my life. Not all of it has been easy to take, but it has all been good. Here’s an example…
I had some time off earlier this week. Had several errands planned out, along with a couple of things that needed handling. I caught myself doing the “here’s my plan thing”…so I stopped, prayed…and God rearranged my day.
Got what had to be done – done, some earlier than my plan. Then I spent several hours reading and meditating.
Several things converged…
- I continued dwelling on what I mentioned in the “sin of trust” post.
- Reading John 11:1-46 (Lazarus’ death and resurrection).
- Reading more of J.D. Greear’s “Not God Enough”…especially the following quote:
“You cannot place the sun of God’s glory into orbit in your life.”
Through that God brought me to the following thought…nothing new, but being ‘my’ thought it’s brought on that joy, fear, and awe combo…
I exist for the furtherance of His story…His kingdom…His glory.
The definition of freedom is accepting that fact.
Nothing is about me.
And the, somewhat confusing, reality is…when I fully abide/surrender…then I find personal joy and peace in all things.
Now, I need to live it…every moment of every day.
But when Jesus heard it he said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” [John 11:4 ESV]
I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth, everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” [Isaiah 43:6-7 ESV]
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” [John 8:31-32 ESV]