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Graffiti Summer: Silence Births Vision

We’ve been intentionally leaning in to the Lord and stepping out to serve where He leads for six weeks now. This is the last week!

Thank you for coming alongside and hanging in there with me!

This Graffiti Summer Study and Do has certainly been both a journey and a challenge. But as the formal study comes to a close, I pray our hearts remain in this rhythm of seeking and serving Him for a lifetime.

For this last week, we considered how Moses approached times of quiet before God, how he handled times when God seemed silent, and how we can be encouraged during such times as well. Check out Alene’s post here for more!

DO Assignment: Look back over the Graffiti study and consider whether God is being silent or if He has already impressed upon your heart what to do next. And then DO it.

graffiti summer - silence births vision

As badly as I wanted to begin this study with a neat and tidy post, I maybe even more badly wanted to end this Graffiti Summer challenge with a neat and tidy post, but the truth is, I still just can’t.

Because the questions, the struggles, the unknowns … they don’t end here.

But the One constant hasn’t changed: Christ.

And I can think of no better note on which to end this Graffiti Summer challenge than to once again recognize that I don’t have to plan this life around a particular ministry or place to serve.

Rather, I simply trust the One who calls.

As my life revolves around Christ, I trust Him to take care of the details … the how, the where, the when. He knows the seasons of waiting, the seasons of doing, and all of the seasons in between that aren’t so easily defined.

He alone holds the future.

So I want to continue doing. Not just filling my head with knowledge that never makes a difference. But experiencing a change of heart that can’t be contained.

And I trust Jesus to do that in me. Because I certainly can’t do it in myself.

And yes, sometimes in the midst of the heart change, God seems silent.

But I wonder if more times than not it’s because I’m expecting God to speak in a certain way while He’s attempting to show me something in a completely different way.

I may not have perfect clarity regarding where He’s leading and re-directing. I may only have been given a glimpse. I may only have the one next small step. It may all still seem hazy and shadowy. But even in that, I hear His voice. I see His hand at work. I feel His prompting to love and serve.

And through the help and words of a dear friend, I see that through all of it, He’s leading me into an ever deepening trust in Him and in His faithfulness and in His Word.

So in the moments when that feels like God is silent, I want to sit in that silence. To be in His presence. To trust Him fully. To rest in Him completely.

So that all that’s left is humbly and honestly seeking His face.

Knowing Him more. Surrendering once again to His will. His way. His time.

Because this life isn’t about me.

And as I listened to the sermon on Sunday regarding the freedom we have in Christ, I couldn’t help but see the connection.

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Galatians 5:13 (ESV)

I’m free.

I don’t have to feel crushed under the weight of what I don’t understand in this life.

I won’t always know exactly where or how to serve. I won’t always get it right. But I can still live a life characterized by the love of Christ. By recognizing the freedom that is mine, by seeking first His kingdom, by stepping out and serving (in big ways and small) as He leads along the way.

So I keep seeking. I keep following where He leads. I keep trusting.

And He [God] said, ‘My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
Exodus 33:14 (ESV)

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Cling to Him

“O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you…

Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips…

My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.”

Psalm 63:1, 3, 5, 8 (ESV)

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Seek Him. Praise Him. Be satisfied in Him. Cling to Him.

To Seek the Lord

While I don’t typically make true New Year’s resolutions, given my personality, I do tend to get a bit introspective around this time of year and spend some time evaluating over-analyzing areas in which I’m doing well and areas in need of {sometimes serious} improvement.

This time of introspection, lasting anywhere from a couple of hours to a couple of weeks, often does lead to setting a few goals, which more often than not tend to fall into the lofty-and-completely-unattainable-because-I-really-just-want-to-be-perfect category.

But this year, while I did set a few {mostly realistic} goals to improve in a few very specific areas, I also did something I’ve never done before. I came across a passage {quite unexpectedly and I honestly can’t even remember how…} in 1 Chronicles that resonated so deeply within me, that after spending some time praying over it and going back to it several times, I decided I needed to claim it as a sort of theme for 2012.

In 1 Chronicles 16, we find the Israelites placing the ark of the covenant inside the tent in Jerusalem that they had prepared {according to the Lord’s instructions and plans}, and then David appoints the Levites as ministers and instructs them to give thanks and praise to the Lord. And while David’s entire song of thanks in verses 8-36 is powerful and worth the read, two verses especially captured my attention:

“Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!

Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered…”

1 Chronicles 16:11-12 (ESV)

And in those two verses I knew I had found a goal far more worthy of defining this year {and this life, for that matter} than any I could set for myself:

To seek the Lord.

To seek His presence. Intentionally. Faithfully. Continually.

To seek after and rely upon His strength and His Spirit dwelling within.

To remember the Lord, to choose faith, to choose worship.

To surrender to the Sovereign and Everlasting God of both miracles and judgments.

To seek the Lord.

Have you ever chosen a verse or passage to bring focus to a given year or season of your life? If so, I’d love to hear the verse(s) you chose and how the Lord revealed them.

*Linking with Thought-Provoking Thursday*