I believe God is pleased that we think of Him, ponder, consider His ways.
“Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?”
Proverbs 8:1 NIV
That’s just another example of His grace.
I believe God sees our gradual growth and celebrates rather than pontificates over why on earth has it taken her so long to arrive here, why can’t she stay in this place?
I believe God is simply happy to see our return, our return to believing that He knows.
I’m certain that morning is the most optimum time for gentle instruction.
I’ve not a clue as to why I woke up this morning with the question to myself.
How are you waking, with regret or redemption?
Why, oh why must I wake with such deep considerations?
Or maybe we all do, just keep them to ourselves.
Makes good sense, your brain filters your thoughts all through the night, transfers them to the place where the finished and important product, a lesson is delivered.
Voila’! Here you go! This message is just for you! God
Are you smiling now, imagining God saying “Voila'”?
I think sometimes I think the oddest things and then realize there is always a reason.
A secret waiting to be revealed.
To be researched, to be determined what it is exactly God wants me to know, to hold on to as my own.
Wants me to u-turn, don’t go back that way, you were progressing, see now…stay here.
Be at peace.
“For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.
1 Corinthians 14:33 ESV
Someone called this morning by accident. Her Bluetooth dialed the wrong Lisa. I knew her voice, thought Lord have mercy, did I call her and forget I did?!
But, I hadn’t and she reminded me of our relationship which led to me telling her what I’m doing now, hoping to use my grant writing skills to work with causes I believe in.
And that led to her telling me she had “chills” now because of an idea she has to strengthen the cause she is over.
We talked about it further and even longer about our faith, about how God wakes us to new opportunities every day and how none of them are accidents.
I considered her truth.
She considered mine as I shared with her my waking thought, regret or redemption, which will you choose to frame your day?
She said “Oh, that’s wise.” “Thanks”, I said and thought, thank you God for this confirmation of my next steps and direction.
Of letting some things go unattended to give my energy to what is new, even unseen, sort of brewing.
So, what is this state of mind and heart called “spiritual maturity”?
It is waking with regret less often in light of your redemption.
It is waking with the clear and attainable path towards peace.
It is recalling the stuff you felt God telling you to do afraid even if there’s fear in the room because there’s a reason you don’t know that God wants you to go, to be something He sees as necessary for others in the room.
He has us go places we don’t understand.
It is being attentive to a nudge that becomes a lengthy pause because you are still enough to become more wise, to receive either good or disappointing clarity so that your peace is not stolen and so that you grow.
That’s redemption, my friend.
Understanding what it is that is the taker of and opposing force of your peace.
Spiritual maturity is a splendid and secretly personal gift.
It is a fervent fire inside kept alive by your yearning to learn more, know more of God.
It is an acknowledgment of better days, contented minds, and restful nights because of your redemptive choice to forgo regret.
It is knowing you are still growing. It is glimpses of the secret place, the view of you through God’s eyes.
It is not always easy, nor is it difficult at all.
The secret for me, intentional choosing which thoughts I allow to write scary, hurtful and impossible to understand stories.
“For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
Romans 8:6 ESV
To set my mind on the awakening things of my mornings.
Lord, help me to stay quiet enough to know which way to stay my thoughts and which way my words and work should go. Because of your redemptive mercy towards me, Amen