As I sat down to write this blog, this song was playing on my computer. Maybe you'll listen to it as you read the rest of this blog. It helped me process as I wrote...
The rush of life can get to us - which is why I've come up North for a few days in solitude and stillness. We all go through seasons of busyness, of darkness - sometimes we don't even notice it - until it's overwhelmed us. In our house, we've had quite a few years - a LOT of loss scattered with joy, laughter, healing - inside and out, and new beginnings. During this time there is ONE that has gotten us through it - and that is God. When someone asks me what I've been doing - I can say this: I've been in the Word letting God direct my paths at a time when it feels like you can't see the forest through the trees. HE is the one who lights the way.
If we focus on him, seek HIM above all us - he'll guide us.
I can be tempted to focus on Healthy Voice and planning - but planning can only go so far. I have to act on the things he directs me to do.
God's the one who carries it out and I have to be the one to take action forward on the stuff he's put on my heart. HE is my light and guide, but he also doesn't want me to hide my light. That is huge. I have to take the steps no matter how much I fear the light maybe not being there.
Last night I posted this photo below on Instagram - a glimmer of light between dark clouds and rough waters. With it I had this passage: In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. Proverbs 16:9.
About twenty minutes later, the skies started to open up to this picture - the glow started to spread. It's like the light was getting brighter - His presence, his light and the light in me.
Then I went inside to sit down and write this message and the sun started to literally glare in my eyes, as absolutely bright as it could be - right in my face, like it was directed right to me.
And that whole process of the glimmer of gold, followed by the brightness opening up the sky and then the sun glare into my eyes - just reminded me of the process of life, and the seasons we live in life. Sometimes the sky seems dark and we're looking for that little glimmer of light. Then one moment it just gets brighter, and then sometimes God is showing his light so bright that it feels like it's made for us (which it is!)
It's like God is saying, “Look at the light I can bring to you. I love you this big. I bring you this much light and more. I am your light and I shine in the darkness. YOU shine in the darkness my child!" I will remember how bright that light was last night, for a long time...
So I guess what I'm saying here and in my video is "Rest in him. Trust in him. Seek him."
I want Healthy Voice to succeed in reaching people but I've got to let HIS light guide me - not the work itself. Then I've got to take the steps he guides me towards. This week he's had me focus on the spiritual gifts he's given me to encourage through my writing, speaking and teaching. Then I have to let the rest fall into place.
You know part of me coming up here this week was to visit a very special place to host a retreat. I wanted to do it last year and life didn't let it happen. Spiritual experience retreats are part of this plan for Healthy Voice because just like I got away to connect with God and my Healthy Voice, I want to help others do the same, and coming to places like this - where you and we together can get away from the rush of life - can do just that. So there it is - it's about being accountable, growing up, being responsible for the LIGHT that is un us because darkness cannot hide that light, no matter how grey it gets.
Here are a few of the verses I mentioned in the video:
1) Your word is a lamp unto my feet. Psalm 119:105
2) The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Matthew 4:16
3) You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on a stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
4) The light shines in darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5
5) When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. John 8:12
6) Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. Believe the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of the light.” John 12:35-36
The final Words at the last stroke of paint - REST in me. TRUST in me. Seek Me.
These were the finishing touches on this masterpiece of a sunset God created last night...
And so - I leave you with the glorious display God showed me last night. He was the painter and all I did was watch and run out to it so I could share these pictures with you. It's proof that we are God's masterpiece and he really does have it all worked out for our good - if we just trust him and let HIM lead. Every color, every detail of a split second - he's got planned. We just got to get ourselves out of the way and follow him.
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 NLT
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Have an awesome Memorial Day, and I can't wait to see what God's got next for your Healthy Voice.