Recently, I have been sick of what I find myself doing.
For the past couple of weeks, I have been pondering an escape strategy from the life that I have been living. School, money (or lack thereof), my relationships, and everything else had me in a funk. I have been wishing my life away. Wishing for a simpler, more fulfilling life. One where I live a life of intentionality and purposefulness. I kept wondering what major life changes could make that happen. Where I could go, what I could do, and how I could do it. This dissatisfaction I have been experiencing came from a lot of different areas. One especially has been this weather. It has been so cold here in Nashville this winter, and to make matters worse, we have had no snow. If its going to be cold, it should at least snow, right?
Today, something great happened. Today, the sun came out.
Things were just better today. People were outside, willingly outside. In related news, I wore my chacos for the first time in 2014, and for whatever reason, life just seems better when my toes are out there in the open for all to see (maybe not everyone appreciates my toes, but I like it, so they can deal with it).
Today, I spent intentional time with God admiring His creation. Having withdrawn from all of the people, work, and stress, I was able to really reflect on a lot of things. In my reflection, I was able to realize how blessed that I am. I have been given opportunities that not many people get. God has blessed me so richly, and so often I don’t even care or realize it. Through my interactions with some people today, I realized how great my community really is. I have some of THE most awesome friends. The constant encouragement that I receive from my friends blows me away. How great it is to live in community with people who are actively serving God by living out His Kingdom in their daily lives. Knowing that I have people that are there for me in any situation is incredibly comforting.
Today was an attitude changing day. For a while now, I have been looking for the quickest, easiest escape plan from this chapter of my life, and after today, I wouldn’t mind sticking around here for a while.
Something about our bodies that I feel may apply especially to me is our need for Vitamin D. One of the main suppliers of Vitamin D is the sun. God has made us to interact with his creation, and in fact, we could suffer from not doing so. As much as we need the sun to survive, we have even more need for the SON. Today, I was able to get a taste of both of those in my life. Spending time in the presence of Jesus, is something that can be so easily overlooked, but is so necessary for our spiritual health. Just as Jesus would often withdraw to places of solitude to be with His father, we too need to find times to just be in the presence of the One True God, the Creator, the only one worthy of our praise.
Today I learned that there is an awesome life that God is calling me to live right here, everyday. God sends people all over the place, and maybe some day in the future, God will send me, but right now, I pray that God will use me as an instrument of His love where I am right now. I pray that God will open my eyes to the hearts of the people around me, and that God will use me as an incredible encouragement to the people I interact with.
God is Good!
line that got cut from this post:
“As much as we need Vitamin D, we need Vitamin J (Jesus)”
Yeah, it got cut for a reason…