March 7, 2013

Going vs. Growing.

READ TO THE END, especially if you're busy!

I'm just going to write.

I might bore you tomorrow with a new recipe, excite you with a crafty blunt post, or I may just be silent, but for now, I'm just going to write.

At last, my feet only collide with air.

I've been anxiously waiting all day to drive home with no sound, enter a clean house, and plop my preggie buttocks on our over-pillowed couch.

My eyes are heavier than normal and my throat feels like it has a bad case of the chicken pox.

I feel comatose. Not sick, just flat out vacant of energy.

As frustrating and stressful as some parts of my day were, I finally entertain rest.

Isn't that a nice feeling?

It's that moment the tea kettle begins to whistle, the over-sized sweat pants are pulled up, and the slippers smother hurting feet that I finally feel the intermission.

Now that is pleasurable.

My day wasn't the pits, just busy. Really busy.

It's a wee bit ironic because just this morning I read this devotional on busyness.

And, I'm just now listening to it.

"Hear God: Eliminate the Distractions

You can't hear God when your mind is crowded with thoughts, worries, fears, and plans, or if you always have the radio or TV on. And if you constantly have your phone against your ear, when God calls all he gets is a busy signal!

If you are always on the go and you can't hear God, you are facing the barrier of busyness. Often we confuse busyness with productivity and they aren't the same thing. If you keep going, going, going but you aren't spiritually growing, growing, growing, you are busy, not productive.

Jesus says distractions are like weeds that grow up in your mind and heart, just as weeds grow in a garden.

How much effort does it take to grow weeds? None. Weeds are a sign of neglect. When you neglect your time with God, the weeds start to grow in your life. In order to overcome the weeds, you must learn to overcome your preoccupied mind.

First Kings 19:12 says that when God spoke to Elijah, it wasn't in a wind or earthquake or fire; it was in a gentle whisper. If you want to hear God whisper to you, you have to be quiet."

-Rick Warren (you version app)

Are you growing or just going?

Lately, I'm just going, going, going.

It has taken my body to show defeat for my mind to discover silence.

Not exactly the order I believe to be healthy.

The good news? In this moment I get it. I'm awaken. I'm listening for the whisper.

Are you?

Let's grow not just go.