One of the things I love about meeting with people is the way the Lord speaks to me and teaches me and challenges me through our time!
Just this morning I was camping out in Genesis 2 with a friend, showing her how when I pray through the scriptures I find it really helps if that flows out of rich time interacting with the Lord in them and then like to keep Him my focus as I pray. So we started with a shared quiet time, then together prayed our way verse by verse through Genesis 2. We didn’t make it past the first few verses when the Lord started speaking to me. That whole idea of being finished just jumped right off the page!
You see, I never feel finished! At the end of every day as I take time to process my day with the Lord I’m nearly always asking forgiveness for all I didn’t get done. Just this past week I began to wonder about that. After reflecting on the sweet things that took place I journaled, “…but there was so much more I could’ve done. I wonder, am I off in my expectations? Or am I sinning? Because of my handicap I feel so tired after meeting with people and just want to veg. Is that a reasonable expectation? Yet there’s still so much undone…”
Even when I “finish” something, well there’s a long “to do” list waiting so I usually dive into the next thing.
Genesis 2 begins, “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”
Now God is still at work… in my life, in the lives of those around me, all over this world! So it doesn’t mean he finished all He was ever going to do. But when the heavens and earth were finished and all the host of them, he stopped. He rested. And it was a blessed, holy thing. He set a day apart to do this.
I wonder what difference it might make in my life if periodically after finishing I take time to acknowledge what’s been done, to evaluate, to delight in it, rather than rushing on to the next thing?! God took time every day at the end of each day to do this. At the end of the fourth day, He wasn’t bemoaning, “I didn’t get the fish created today!” But celebrating the lights He had made and how He’d separated the light from the darkness. Then at the end of six days He took extra time, a whole day to rest and enjoy!
This is so not the pattern of this world! Or sadly, my world! I thought, “Today, I’m going to take some time to write down what I’ve finished this past week and celebrate that it got done!” But you know, I found it hard to remember what I’d finished…
My friend shared how she uses a post it app to keep track of what she needs to do. As soon as something is accomplished it’s deleted. And we wondered, how might we be missing out by not taking time to reflect on and celebrate what we’ve accomplished?! I think I’m going to start keeping a list of what I finish each day!
And really I should be in awe that anything gets done at all! In Genesis 2: 7 we’re told, “then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and the man became a living creature.” Did you catch that? We came from dust! It’s a miracle we can do anything!
Once again it seems the enemy has incited my pride and is royally robbing me because of it. I think more highly of myself than I ought and as a result I expect more from myself, rather than realizing, even washing the dishes is a miracle! What expectations do you have for the dust on your coffee table?!
So I wrote in my journal on top of the page where I’ll be recording my end of the day prayers tonight, “Look what dust formed by God did! Isn’t God amazing?!” Because really this is all about Him. His works are wonderful! He is the breather, the life giver, the enabler!
And He is a finisher, evaluator, delighter, blesser and rester! How I long to keep growing and becoming more like Him! Did He ever give me new insights today in how I can…
Got to love the way I’m being discipled as I meet with others! :0)