Today I have been working on our new home in TX. Actually I have been steadily at this for three weeks. One of the weeks my husband was here and after one more week he will be here for good.
I have learned so much in these three weeks. We have done some light remodel, cleaned off popcorn ceilings, pulled carpets, mud and taped walls and sanded down every surface before painting and staining… whewh! But during this entire process, I realized today that God is doing a bit of sanding down in my life.
Sometimes the cares of this world or the concern for others seem to taint us and hold us back from the truth. In the last four months of my life I see that God has been re-arraigning me and some of my ideas, dreams and hopes. He has been pulling out old carpet which represents old traditional legalistic point of views right out from underneath me. He has been scraping off some of my rough exterior of intolerance towards others. And in the process I have had sweet moments of communion with Him. Just He and I dancing in my empty living room! I turn up the praise music loud and with great joy sing with all my heart. Of course in this empty house, the sound resonates and I like that too!
Perhaps my neighbors will think me a bit crazy, and they wouldn’t be too far off. I am absolutely crazy about Jesus. I think of all the blessings in my life. I think of how wonderful it has been to be here and not have chest pain, or shortness of breath. I feel twenty years younger. I have strength I never knew I had. I think I understand David when he said,
On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul.
I feel God’s supernatural strength in me as I continue to do things physically that most women would not attempt. Today the Fed –Ex man rang my door bell. I answered as I was covered in white sheet rock dust, white -masked and donning a red bandana on my head. I quickly apologized for my stature and explained that I was preparing some walls and ceilings for painting… He looked at me and smiled a reply, “ I’d come in and help you lady, but I don’t even know where to start.”
I think of all the gifts and talents God has given me. I know some of you think I am a bit too diverse. All I know is that I will be held accountable for what I do with each and every gift and talent God has given me. I do not want to fall short and shame Him when I see His face. I want to know that I did everything He called me to do and did it all passionately, not just out of obligation.
My prayer for you now and in this coming week, is for you to find something you are passionate about and live your dream. Don’t leave out the One who gave you that passion. All our dreams come from God and can only be fulfilled with Him. Embrace and run the race!
Wow... as I read your article, it was like watching bits and pieces of my own life. I even hung sheetrock in what was once my house, right here in TX. And yes, I sing at the top of my lungs and dance in the living room. Not gonna list them all here, but I have multiple talents. Nevertheless, when I got to the last paragraph, it really hit home. I dream big. No, I dream bigger than huge. Since I was a little girl, I wanted to write books. Now, God willing, the first one will be in print by my 40th birthday. (March) But when I think about the other dreams, the really huge dreams, these books I'm working on publishing are so small in comparison. Just before I opened your article, I'd read another Sister's article. It had to do with Abram and waiting in faith. In my response to her, I mentioned squaring my shoulders to run this race. I can't help but feel that it won't be long now. Regardless, I really needed the drink of Living Water the two of you have shared as I run. What an awesome God we serve!!!