I am taking the time today to ponder and listen to God specifically about these 10 things. I have learned in the last 30 days how much I still look to my own actions for a way to find God’s acceptance. It’s not exactly that. (listening) It boils down to wanting to know what the rules are. I’m thinking of that passage in Exodus where the people say to Moses, “Speak to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” (Exodus 20:19) what a sad thought that the people were too afraid to allow God to approach them… They were willing to do what God said (at least to a point) but not to be impacted by His presence and holiness. I think of my seeking rules and I find it similar to the law. The law is a list of rules that no one is capable of fulfilling. Hmmm doesn’t that sound familiar.
(listening) Galatians 3:5 comes to mind, “So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard?” Wow, that smacks! It also fits what I have been thinking and learning about this list of 10 things. I have figured out that it would take a miracle to accomplish these things in a day much less every day. What that means to me is that it would take a miracle for me to be ordered in my life. That by itself saddens me. I feel shame as I recognize how scattered and out of order my life, my brain, my “stuff” are. But then it gives me hope too because the pathway to order isn’t in the doing but in the listening. That leaves the impossible to God to accomplish instead of me :).
As I look at that I am also seeing a growing opportunity for ministry and kindness and left over energy for cleaning and ordering. It is amazing that the path for miracles in my life is to “be still” That’s all these business meetings are… taking the time to be still, shut up and listen…
1) (business meeting with God)
3) (Act of Random Kindness)
4) (Clean something)
5) (Order something)