“God, investigate my life; get all the facts firsthand. I’m an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I’m thinking. You know when I leave and when I get back; I’m never out of your sight. You know everything I’m going to say before I start the first sentence. I look behind me and you’re there, then up ahead and you’re there, too- your reassuring presence, coming and going. This is too much, too wonderful- I can’t take it all in!”
Psalm 139:1-6, (The Message)
One of Micah’s favorite games to play is Hide And Seek. He’s almost 2 1/2. He’s not the world’s best hider. We have been playing the game with him since around his first birthday, and he has gotten much better. One of us use to have to hide with him, and constantly remind him to be still and quiet. This usually lasted all of ten seconds before he was wiggling away to go find the seeker. Then he was able to hide on his own, though his constant giggles would give his position away frequently. Now, while his choice of hiding spots may not be a surprise, he has learned to be still and quiet when hiding. I know the day will come soon, when Micah discovers a hiding spot that stumps Aaron and I, and we will walk around the house, calling his name, hoping he answers before I panic and call in reinforcements.
Hide And Seek is a game most of us learned to play at an early age. It’s also a game many of us think we can play with God. However, we tend to enlist the Hide only version of the game, hoping God will not seek us out. Or we wonder if God is seeking us. I know there have been many times in my life when I ran from God, hoping to hide something I had done. I knew better; I knew God would seek me out, but I ran anyways. If I close or cover my eyes, and can’t see God, He can’t see me, right? Continue reading
As I was pinning my way across the web this evening, I kept coming across numerous quotes on passion. By the late Steve Jobs, “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” While the quote does not directly mention passion, but I believe that is the essence of what he was saying. Be passionate about what you do and you will do great things. Don’t settle! This spoke volumes to me as I find myself still struggling with what my purpose is in this life. Who am I? What is my calling? What am I equipped, called, and gifted to do and be? What am I passionate about? I’m 30 and I don’t know what I’ll be when I grow up. So I’ll look at this quote and remind myself that when I find it, I will know it in my heart, and I won’t settle until then.
The other quote that jumped out and clung to my heart was one by T. Alan Armstrong I found on a blog. I was searching blog ideas as I so desperately want to revamp and revitalize this little started blog of mine. Over at Smart Boy Designs I found some great advice on starting a blog; from naming it to what to blog about. The biggest piece of advice he had to share was be passionate about your subject. This is where the quote was and of course it spoke more deeply to my soul than a mere piece of blogging advice. Loved the quote and stuck it with a graphic little image of a girl reaching for hope.
Pursue your Passion- T. Alan Armstrong
I’ve always used passionate as one of the words to describe myself, but this quote really made me stop and think. What have I been passionate about lately? Sadly, I’d have to say not much of consequence. So where do I find my passion again?
Where is the source of my strength? Is my faith full of passion? Have I settled for a lackluster relationship with God?
I think the source of finding my passion and the answers to my purpose lie in reigniting a passionate faith and authentic relationship with the Author of Life.
Wonder if He wants to meet for coffee?