Dear friends and family,
Snow and sun. Fog and rain. Breezes and clouds. Although called "winter", we have experienced nearly every season in one. One thing has remained constant throughout this season- its consistent unpredictability. There is a feeling of spring in the air, and it seems that everyone prematurely puts away their jackets, busting out the t-shirts and flip flops, forgetting that it is still very much winter. Within 24 hours, the parkas are necessary once again. Not unlike the season we presently find ourselves in, life and ministry have taken on similar characteristics. Grasping for the known and anticipated, it can be exhausting to embrace the disappointment of yet another change or shift. I long for normalcy, predictability. Well, I guess I desire things I can control and manage. Despite crying out at times for the Lord to help me make sense of life at present, the word that I continue to get is simple: "Pay Attention".
Instead of fixating on what is missing, on what I "should be doing", He is inviting me, like Moses, to "turn aside and see this great sight" (from Exodus 3:3). Instead of holding tightly to what life should be like, I am choosing to have my eyes opened, my ears listening, my heart ready to receive and a mind resolved to obey. I want to "Pay Attention" to what God is doing, what He is saying, where He is leading. I want to be fully present to Him, fully alive. It's a simple way of living, but one that seems to be so difficult to embrace. However, if I choose to pay attention, it doesn't matter the weather, the circumstance, the relationship, the struggle because He IS IN IT! He's present, and wanting to show Himself that I may know Him and make Him known.
May you also be able to pay attention. Instead of complaining about what is not or what should be or what could be, may you be able to embrace what He is doing and partner with Him in it! May you be able to see His heart at work, His mind active, His hand moving, and that you will be able to turn aside and join Him!