Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Wednesday in the Word

Psalm 31:24

Be brave. Be strong. Don't give up.
Expect God to get here soon.

A few weeks after I returned from Belgium I had a revelation one day. I had decided to take it easy this particular day. I slowly sipped my tea, caught up on email, read a few blogs, got some laundry going and then thought to myself, "I'm going to go for a walk." I got dressed, put on my walking shoes, loaded up the iPod and off I went.

It was a beautiful morning. It was brisk and was evident that autumn was officially here. It was a perfect morning in my book!

As I was walking I was listening to worship music, talking with God and thinking about my life and the direction I'm going. I was asking God questions like, "What next, God? What am I doing now? Why do I feel stagnant? Stuck?" As I continued to walk and watch the leaves fall from the trees wait for answers I realized that I was listening to the same old songs on my iPod...and that I need some new songs on my iPod...but I don't know how to do it. Then I thought, "I need to ask one of the boys to load some songs for me...or maybe Chris'll do it..."

Then, as if a light went on, I stood up a little straighter and walked with a little more authority and thought, "No. I will load my OWN songs. I will learn how to DO it myself. And if I don't know how, I will teach my SELF how to DO it." It was that simple of a thought. And it was about more than music on an iPod. It was about life in general. No more waiting around for someone else to do it. No more talking myself out of something before I've even given it a shot. No more being afraid of the unknown...whether it's loading an iPod, sewing a patchwork quilt or flying to Belgium. No more.

And no matter what the answers to my questions may be...I am ready.

It's be BRAVE.


Camilla~ Bloom said...

Beautiful and uplifting words today Michelle.
Be brave.
I need to
I will.

Thank you

ThyHandHathProvided said...

I think we're in similar places. This quote by William Carey has really spoke to me lately...

"Expect great things from God, attempt great things for God."

You can do it, sister.

teekaroo said...

Great thought. It is a wonderful feeling to realize that I can do hard things.

Mari said...

Yeah for you. Ha....I think I'd still ask for help. I shameless that way. lol!

Christina said...

oh those lovely talks with God. we just never know where they will lead. ; )
thank you, my friend.