When the enemy fights hard for my attention I fight back with by saying His Name over and over again, reciting Scripture I know and through tears I try to cheer myself on by whispering "Stay focused on Him Lelia. Keep a steadfast mind on Him." My eyes find Him again and I instantly feel different. Almost as if the enemy was yanked off my back and thrown to the side of the road.
It's so easy to become focused on the good or bad in front of you. Easy to get caught up in the lack of finances or the heartache of a Prodigal child. But to stay focused on Him no matter what is staring me down gives me a completely different view. When I spend time with Him, I have to force myself to get out of the chair and go about life because I could just sit in His presence all day long. I get up and get my day started and through out the day He dances through my thoughts.
Have you ever heard a song over and over again, but one day you stop and really listen to the words of it? As a writer I love words, especially when they are penned to God in such a way that makes tears fall from my eyes because I can relate to what the song says.
I recently heard a song by the group Sanctus Real that really touched my heart. It's called "Whatever You're Doing". The chorus of this song just got to me:
Some days I feel like it's complete chaos and yet all around me is fine. It's within me that is going nuts. Why is that? I think it's because I've spent many days asking my Savior to save me from myself. To change me. I'm willing, I just don't know where to start. So I start with Him. Asking Him, inviting Him to come in and not leave without changing who I am and what I'm about.
Some days though you can never tell He dwells within me because of choice. Choice of behavior, choice of words, choice of how I spend the money He's entrusted to us. That is when the chaos is created within me. The days I fail I feel conviction because I want Him desperately to be seen in my life. When He shines its not anything I'm doing but all because of what He's doing. Just like the song says, He's creating chaos within me. I've lived a chaotic lifestyle before in the world and I'll take Holy Chaos over destructive chaos any day. It just gets so chaotic when He tries to make changes and my old self tries to stand firm.
I loved how the chorus of this song points out that Maybe, just maybe Lord what You are doing is so much bigger than me. When my daughter got pregnant last year, it would have been really life changing in the wrong direction had I decided to focus on myself. I realized though that God allowed the birth of this child for a reason and what He is doing is much bigger than me having the perfect looking sinless family.
This life, once we give it to Him becomes all about Him. This is bigger than me. With or without me, His plan is going to be played out. I want to participate and follow His lead. I want Him to create chaos within in me. The more chaotic I feel inside, the more I seek Him as He is the only One that can calm me.
I have no idea what You are up to Lord, but keep doing it. Keep changing me. Take a moment to listen to this song and really listen to the words. There are so many more lines in this thing than just the chorus that are just heart gripping. Be blessed...
Join me and Friends tomorrow for the Yes to God Tuesday study of Lysa TerKeurst's book, "What Happens When Women Walk in Faith". It's an awesome study and we'd love for you to join us for the discussion. And remember...
God is so good!