In eleven days I will be adventuring back to Iceland. Once again, I will be traveling with His Glory to the Nations to minister at a conference. Our team consists of four members, and we are all thrilled to see what God has planned for our two week visit. I intend on keeping you all updated with blog posts, photos, and videos.
Leading up to the day of our departure, as with any other trip, I have quite the list of things to get done before we leave on the 20th. It’s been a combination of getting my house in order, starting to throw things into my suitcase, and buying those last minute items that I know I will need while I am away. At the same time, I am making sure that I focus primarily on Spiritual preparation.
My heart is earnestly seeking the Lord for vision and insight into what is burning in His heart. For the people we will be crossing paths with in Iceland, in the airports, as well as everywhere else I find myself in the next eleven days [it is good to stay in the present, regardless of how much excitement resides in the future].
What a good God He is.
How wonderful it is that He allows us to partner with Him. This God who never changes. This God who is always moving. He doesn’t stop moving when we do. He continually invites us to come along side Him and move to the rhythm of His heart.
I hear so many people say that it’s been a long time since God has moved in the way that they used to experience Him. I hear so many who are weighed down because they don’t feel Him and He seems so far away.
We have songs, we have prayers, books, classes, movements, that promise an end result of some type of supernatural change. How to get closer to God, how to hear His voice, how to know His will. All of those things can truly enrich our walk and cause us to grow deeper in our relationship with God. But . . . have we spent too much time and energy in our methods that we burn out before we ever make it to the actual Source [God]?
There is so much disappointment.
There is so much complacency.
I have seen these things in myself, which is why I am feeling the need to write these words.
It is easy to fall into the rut of when God moves, I will move rather than face the fact that we don’t control God’s movements. He is always performing miracles, always rescuing people out of their pain, always moving, always loving,
If something changes, we can know for certain we are the ones who have changed. It is up to us to move with Him.
I am challenging myself to intentionally seek Him, as each new day begins,
“Lord, have Your way in me today. I want to move with You. I don’t care where I am or who I am with, I invite You to influence and impact every single second of this day. Remind me of Your presence. Let Your face always be before me. Let Your words always be on my lips. Open my eyes to see Your glory.”
I am not talking about walking away from God. I am not talking about living a life of blatant disobedience. I am talking about losing our wonder. I am talking about getting sidetracked. I am talking about those moments when we get so busy doing the things of God that we find ourselves falling asleep praying at the end of the day.
It is easy to get so busy and involved in our methods that we hardly interact with God. In a world with so many voices, He needs to be the first voice that we listen for.
Someone once told me,
“Don’t be hard on yourself, I bet it touched God’s heart that you fell asleep talking to Him.”
I’m not being hard on myself.
I’m saying that the end of the day shouldn’t be the first time we interact with Him.
Years ago, someone I loved treated me with an “I’m saving the best for last” mentality. Often times, they would go about their day without taking the time to talk with me. It would be very normal for me not to hear back from them until I was in bed and asleep. I didn’t feel that I was “the best saved for last”. I felt like I was one last item to check off the list. When carefully confronting them on the matter, and expressing my feelings, I only received more excuses.
Excuses are easy.
I don’t want easy.
When I think about that scenario and apply it to my walk with God, it makes me want to throw my cellphone, my camera, my computer, and everything else, into the pond located near my house.
Nothing else matters if I don’t have Him.
I tell Him that often, but do my actions tell it to Him as well?
He is my first and last.
He is my beginning and end.
He cannot even be a priority. Priorities are ranked and numbered. Priorities can be switched around, sometimes without us even realizing it at first. He cannot be a priority. He cannot be the best saved for last.
He needs to be all.
He needs to be it.
The only way He can be our everything is if we know Him. When we truly approach Him, and invest time into knowing Him, nothing will be able to keep us from seeking Him out more and more. It is natural. It is not a method. It is not legalistic. It is not fear-based.
It is totally