Saturday, January 28, 2017

walking blindly

sometimes life is like those middle of the night moments where you need to get up and try finding the restroom, but because there's no light you have to go a little slowly (no one wants to step on a lego..) and feel your way around until you get what you need and then take another step.

i was reading Acts 9 a couple of weeks ago and then again this morning.
specifically verses 3-6: Now as he [Saul] went on his way, he approached Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven shone around him. And falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” And he said, “Who are you, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But rise and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do."

the Lord blinds saul and only gives him one step. not a whole promise. not a whole plan. one step. and if saul follows that one step, then the Lord will reveal to him what's next. 

then verse 22 goes on to say: But Saul increased all the more in strength, and confounded the Jews who lived in Damascus by proving that Jesus was the Christ.

i personally like 5 year plans. i like my lilly pulitzer agenda. i like clocks.

maybe. just maybe. God only gives one step and once we take it, He will show us what's next.

what i find out every. single. day. is that as important as it is to meet opportunity with preparation, it is equally important to keep my hands lifted in surrender to God, His plans, and to stay humble. 

walking blindly isn't "my thing", but i think sometimes God need us to do that. He needs us to trust Him.


i was also reading Acts 6 a few days ago. 
actually, i was reading it on wednesday morning. i was sitting alone at a table in my school's cafeteria while eating some french toast (and oatmeal to "be healthy", okay mmoooomm). and after reading the following passage, i started crying. it's absolutely beautiful. let me share.

in this chapter the apostles decide to pass on the duty of serving food to people. so they basically had members of their group choose 7 people to replace them and serve food. "...they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit..."

"...And Stephen, full of grace and power, was doing great wonders and signs among the people..."

so this man didn't ask for it, but he was chosen to basically be a waiter. but because of his trust in God, stephen was used, right where he was at. he was filled with grace and power to do amazing things. right where he was at. 

God can use you. as a student. as an accountant. as a waiter. as a missionary. as an entrepreneur.

to paraphrase my friend Chris, if we have no discomfort, then we have no need for a Comforter. i am thankful that He has His reasons for discomforting us to go beyond the borders we place in our lives. what God, the ultimate Comfort, has in store for us is SO much better than anything we can do for, and by, our selves.

walking blindly may not be the most fun thing. it may not be the most comfortable thing. you may step on a few legos. but if you trust God's process, you will get where you are supposed to be. 

i love you very much for reading my blog. i hope these words inspire you to be bold. to be soulful.

xo,
lily

p.s. it's not over until God has the final word. keep going. keep pursuing His word. He will restore peace, joy, and love in your life. being His child is the greatest treasure offered to us. nothing - absolutely nothing - will ever be as great. it's worth opening your heart to that. 



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