“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.” Proverbs 16:9 (NLT)
My grandmother always quoted my grandfather in an old golf saying, “Never up, never in” she would yell to the scared sole ready to make a difficult putt into the final hole. As somewhat frustrating as this scenario was at the time, I cannot help but think how these words ring truth to my now. Character traits of fear, hesitancy, and timidness are not found in Jesus, neither should they be found in us, His followers.
To “swing” our clubs to win the hole parallels how we should live our lives faithfully in whatever season we find ourselves in. If we seem to find ourselves on the OUTS of normal routines, we live IN to this season of gratitude for God’s provision and the gifts of receiving love. We are called to live life with Jesus, to be faithful to what He is calling us IN to in the now, and to do it all in the grace, power and strength of His given Holy Spirit.
I know I am called to a new IN with Jesus, but right now all I feel is on the OUTS. Of pretty much everything I was IN before. The news of this pregnancy was most definitely God ordained. (And it seems whenever I mention something in my life to be “God ordained”, it usually involved “not being ordained” by little ol’ me.)
And if I am honest with myself I am having to be vulnerable in my mourning the loss of all my INs from before. Today I sit in the reality how I am OUT: Of my previous calling as Worship Pastor at my church. Of all leadership/life giving commitments. Of every activity in general. Of commission to be giving/serving in any capacity to my girls, friends, family and neighbors. Of schedule with the Love it up-Putting on 15 love attributes in 2015 blog writing. Of the carpool. Of my regular Bible reading. Of control in my bodily functions so much so there is a slim chance I will finish a conversation without having had to go puke at some point. Of the luxury to plan what tasks will be accomplished in a given day or week.
I am out. Of. my. mind. in. overwhelming. weakness.
And friends. This is where I live. Today. But I am compelled to write. Because I believe when we are called OUT of a particular season we are called IN to a new season. (Another way to look at it, a friend said the other day, “When we are called FROM something, we are called TO something else.”) And this is where my hope is found.
That even though I feel on the OUTS, I am IN the midst of God’s loving hands. He put IN me the new life of a growing baby. It is IN this growing of this baby that I am put IN a state of reliance on God and others. I believe the Lord nudged my heart to lean IN because this would be a season of receiving. Refreshment from the kind texts of close friends. Meals from the body of Christ to keep my family nourished and cared for. Daily help from a servant hearted mother.
This is what I believe my Father spoke to me in ministering to my heart, but I also believe this is for each of you as well:
Your worth is not determined by your season in life. Your worth is not determined by your productivity in the day. Your worth is not determined by the numbers of friends or opinions of friends. Your worth is IN My Son, Jesus. Alone. You are fully loved. Beautifully and wonderfully made. And permanently secured in My grace filled arms. May you stand firmly IN My truth and love today, My precious daughter.
What season/calling/activity do you find yourself OUT of? (something you have found yourself doing in the past but for whatever reason are not currently doing.)
What season do you find yourself IN today?
Will you ask the Lord if you are “swinging your club” to being faithful IN this season?
Are you looking to anything other than Jesus to find your true worth? If so, will you lay this down before Him and allow Him to fill you with affirmation and wholeness in His loving arms?
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