Shadow or sky?

As I was driving the kids all over after school this week, my eyes locked onto our dirt road. The dust clouds were billowing behind us, and suddenly a shadow darted out in front of me. I did a double take while slowing down quickly. It passed by again, and I realized it wasn’t what ran across the road, but what had soared above us.

Right there in that moment, God unfolded a parable to illustrate what keeps me from seeing Him. I am staring at the shadows instead of lifting my gaze to the sky.

For most of us, life seems to hurdle forward, and we barely hang on. There are places to be, people to see and responsibilities to complete. So, we focus on what’s right in front of us, hoping that we can handle it all. We drive fast with our eyes glued to the road, and sometimes miss all the beauty around us. We are committed to the task and get frustrated with the detours. If God is at work, we don’t see it because we are too busy balancing, managing and surviving.

All we see are the shadows of what could be as we speed by, late for the next appointment.

We catch the vestiges of grace, instead of basking in it. We strain to hold onto peace rather than savoring what Christ has freely extended.

We work hard for God and rarely just enjoy Him without agenda.

What would we rather have: the shadow or the sky?

I want to experience God as fully as I possibly can in this life. Why should I be content chasing shadows when I can thrive in the vibrancy of knowing my Jesus?

A morning walk with my kiddos

A morning walk with my kiddos

Instead of rushing to our lists of chores on Saturday, the kids and I decided to take a long walk. We enjoyed talking, absorbing the scenery and feeling the breeze swirl around us as we pretended to be airplanes taking flight. Every step we took, Jesus was there with us, prompting our conversation and directing our eyes. We swished the clouds with our hands and collected red leaves and pine cones. We marveled about how amazing God is, and how much we can look forward to by His side.

I know not every day will be like that. But if I’m going too fast and my schedule is so full that I don’t spend time with Jesus and treasure the family He has given me, I am missing what’s most important. I don’t want to just catch the shadows!

Consider your line of sight this week, and how fast you are traveling. Don’t let the goodness of God blur on the side of the road. Stop pushing the speed limit. Slow down and really see Him.

Loving God in the little things

Wash, dry, fold, put away, repeat

There are weeks for me when writing doesn’t take center stage. In fact, it’s hard to even find the stage under the piles of laundry, dirty dishes and a myriad other responsibilities crowding in on my attention.

So, now that it’s Thursday, in the midst of a million other things I could and should be doing, I’m jumping on the blog because maybe your week has been much like mine.

The other day as I was folding a load of laundry that had been sitting in a basket for an undisclosed amount of days (sound familiar??), God gave me a dash of encouragement. Doing the little things God has given me is a way I can show love to Him. Sure, I’m folding laundry and picking up toys and loading and reloading the dishwasher again because that’s just what needs to be done for my family and my sanity. But, I’m also loving God in the midst of it. He gave me the most wonderful husband and blessed us with two amazing kids, and our home and ministries and a host of opportunities to serve God and love people. When I take care of what He has given me and work hard for His Kingdom, even the small ways, I am pleasing my Heavenly Father. He notices and cares about what others may take for granted.

Whatever work you do, do it with all your heart. Do it for the Lord and not for men.
– Colossians 3:23

Some days may seem more overloaded than others. Life’s responsibilities can be exhausting, frustrating and sometimes monotonous. Often our proverbial plates are stacked so high we can’t see around it for perspective.

Take a moment and be thankful. God gives much to those He believes are capable.

He believes in you, and me.

Let’s honor Him today with our effort.