Do you ever have a moment where God shows up and speaks to you out of nowhere? Especially when you aren’t really in that frame of mind? I was in a “gotta get this done quick” frame of mind. Honestly, I had a million other things on my mind at the time. If I am not intentional with my thoughts, I lean toward worrying about everything and for some reason or other, my brain has a tendancy to try and solve the world’s problems around 3am. Well, this particular time, it was early afternoon.
I was in the back yard trying to get the mowing done before a storm came through and as I pushed the mower up beside our landscaped wall, I saw a blade of grass poking through the middle of the wall. We just recently had this flower bed wall built and filled with dirt, it still looked all neat and clean so one long blade of grass peaking through stood out. My thoughts came to an abrupt halt, and suddenly no more running thoughts filled my mind, but just the sound of the mower and outside noises, birds, other mowers in the distance, etc… Much quieter than the rambling thoughts in my head. I looked at that rather long blade of grass poking through the middle of the wall and as quick as a wink, God revealed to me how vigorously nature pursues the light. Deep in the dark earth that blade of grass pushed through the dirt toward the warmth of the light. It struck me how it didn’t even just keep pushing upward toward the top of the ground, but took a shortcut to the side to get to the sunlight. Nature pursues God. That is how it was created. Psalm 96:11-12 says: Let the Heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. Let the fields be jubiliant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forrest sing for joy.
I thought about how we as humans are given free will. We were created to pursue God, but he gives us the choice. It seems to be that we must test the limits to see how close we can get to the darkness, but still turn around and see God. Like a toddler that is reaching for something they know they shouldn’t touch, we stretch out our hand toward our desired sin. Our default is to pursue something, but He leaves it up to us what that something is. I believe that satan uses many things to pull us away from pursuing the light: busyness and distraction are two. We have become so busy with everything. Work, school, sports, church activities and the like, keep us busy. These aren’t bad things. They are just things, lots and lots of things inundating our time. There is no down time, no dead space. Then, add in distraction from technology, complex relationships, our schedules, health concerns. Our focus can quickly shift from God to the worries of the day, everything on our schedule, our problems. Of course we are here and living life, so attention is needed on all the things. However, it is when God becomes an afterthought, our last resort, that we no longer remember why we are here – to worship God, to seek Him in all things.
- The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy; I have come that they may have life and have it to the full. John 10:10
- Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
- And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
- I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13
There are so many verses that speak of God’s promises. I am thankful for the reminder that I can pursue the Lord in all things and that He is with me. I don’t need to worry endlessly or try to handle everything myself. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 A little unexpected God moment in the middle of my day that helped me be intentional with my thoughts and refocus on Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us. Ephesians 3:20 How cool is that? He’s got All The Things.