It’s been a pretty big reflection week for me. Question 5 at the end of Chapter 4 threw me for a loop. Go check it out…..I’ll wait here…….
See what I mean? I’m blessed to be a stay at home mom. My family has made a lot of sacrifices in order for us to do that, but my husband and I agree that it is worth it and God has made a way for us to do it. But I wonder sometimes if there is more I should be doing. And I think if we are honest with ourselves, we have all hit a point in our lives where we have said, “Is this it God?” Are we doing enough? Are we in the right place? Tracie asks us to consider if we may be too stressed or distracted to realize that maybe we aren’t where God wants us to be. For some of you, that may be the case. It is so easy to get started on a path and miss the turn because we are just cruising along and then realize WAAYYYYY down the road that we aren’t where we are supposed to be.
But there is another possibility. Have you ever been on a long road trip and hit a stretch of road that extends for what feels like forever and nothing changes? It’s the same view for hours and you begin to wonder if maybe you missed your turn because you had zoned out. Sometimes I think I get like that with life. I have been parenting for 18 years now and sometimes it can feel like that great big stretch of nothing on the highway. I have been a Christian for 13 years now and sometimes I get in a grove and end up feeling like what I am doing isn’t what God had planned for me, and I get stressed out that I am not doing enough. And I am sure that sometimes that is true. But sometimes I just lose sight of what God has called me to because too much of the world clouds my view of the importance of what I am doing.
In my OBS Facebook small group we were discussing that and one of my gals made a statement that has stuck with me. The gal who made it is a nurse and she is being treated for breast cancer. This is a gal who has plenty of reason to stress out and to have questions. What she said was that she looks for God wherever she is. It’s a simple statement but it was so profound to me. The good news is that He is always there, even if we are on the wrong path. He never leaves us, even if we are just coasting along. If we look for God wherever we are then we can refocus and we can let Him lead us to the path we are supposed to be on. Or we can spend some time with Him, in His Word, and take comfort that we haven’t missed the turn and we are on the right path. Sometimes we feel lost because we have lost sight of our compass.
So today take a minute to refocus on who should be our true North, get in His Word, spend some time in prayer and ask Him to show you what His plan is. Did you miss your turn off? Or have you zoned out because the view isn’t as exciting as you would like for it to be? Melissa and her team can only point you at the tools you can use (and they do an awesome job of it!), but as Igor reminds us in the cartoon above, we have to utilize the tools we have in order to achieve our transformation.
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