Do you ever run into themes in your days?
If it was all based on current sermon series and articles going around, I could blame it on some kind of “trending” thing within the church culture, but currently I am reading a book written in 2016, listened to teaching from a seminar held in 2012, heard a couple of podcast sermons from this summer, the sermon at our own church last Sunday and have been hit numerous times with the same message from devotionals that were gleaned from the writings of people long gone and all of them are referring to “rhythms of grace.”
And all of these use the example of Jesus, who moved continuously between opportunities of intense hands on ministry and quiet places of solitude.
The teaching pastor last Sunday was Brian Talty and he talked about how Jesus left places of successful preaching, teaching and healing because of obedience. He referenced it as the “I must…” and it resonates with other things I am reading and ways God has spoken to me in my own life.
Though people begged Him to stay in places, He would move according to the direction of His Father saying, “I must….”
During a season when I was pulled between the care of elderly parents and children still at home, I would often feel torn as there seemed to be many places where I was needed.
I developed a simple test to determine which place I was supposed to be that day or time.
I would remind myself that I can only be in one place at one time, so what was the ONE place and ONE task only I could fill?
Sometimes I was the only parent available for some event where we had determined as a family a parent needed to be. This would mean someone else took another child to a practice and nurses attended to the needs of my parents so I could be the present parent for someone.
Other times, I was the only child my father had for the Father’s Day breakfast at the nursing home or the Christmas party with the Elvis impersonator, sugar cookies and 7Up with a maraschino cherry in it.
So I missed the concert that Russ could attend and I went and sat next to my dad, praying fervently the guy with wavy black hair and sequins galore would NOT come and kneel down in front of me and sing “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you” in my face.
It meant I had to face some humbling…sometimes I need to be needed more than I need to fill the needs of someone else.
Sometimes I serve selfishly…choosing the ways I serve because of how they make me feel and look.
Sometimes the best way to serve the people who need me is to rest and get some refreshing so I am not serving out of depletion.
We live in a hectic world and we probably all want to do the best and the most we can for the people we love.
What a great reminder that Jesus only served in obedience to His Father by taking time, frequently, to check in and pray and seek guidance and direction.
Be blessed today as you seek wise counsel from the One who made you and all those people you are trying so hard to love and serve.
I pray we all have obedient hearts to hear and offer our gifts, talents and resources in the way God intended and trust Him to cover the other needs of our loved ones through others who also desire to serve well <3