My time of sitting in this chair is hopefully coming to an end. Hopefully? Don’t get me wrong. In some ways I have enjoyed sitting here. Enjoyed looking out the window at the world as it goes by. Enjoyed sitting and writing to you. Enjoyed – finally – getting some crochet and knitting done. But ‘hopefully’ getting to the end of the week and having this ‘pot’ removed. So, as you can imagine, A and me are on count down! Four more scaling the stairs on my bottom. Four more hopping-s down the stairs. Four more mornings when I gaze at the shower with longing. Four more days of sitting in ‘the chair’. 4, 3, 2, 1, FRIDAY!!!!!
I’ve not been on my own over the last six weeks. Apart from friends dropping in to say ‘hello’, I’ve been able to sit with my LORD. He’s really used this time and made me think. Made me acknowledge various things. To sit up and take note. To take on board correction. To take on board and move forward. Even today I’ve had to stop short and say ‘Okay – think first!’ I’ve had a quick look back at my musings this morning. Key themes coming to the fore but all linked together. ‘Individuality’, ‘being part of a team – a cog’, ‘resting’, ‘white space’, ‘listening’. All interact with each other and WILL interact with each other!
But today it is ‘Plans’. Plans to make. To mull over. To adapt. To tweak. To gently let go of and run. To become the finished product? Maybe.
I have started looking at and reading Proverbs with a group of friends. Each one of us finding a verse or verses to take into the day ahead. Proverbs 19. A group of sayings. Not promises. Thoughts to apply to our lives. Not all in one go. Not to fill your mind up and panic. To gently look at and apply in a commonsense kind of way. Some seem contradictory. Saying one thing in one verse and then the opposite in the next verse. But that is not the way to read them. The first verse may be right in one circumstance. The second, in another. They are to make you think. They are to make you acknowledge your common sense and do the right thing. Your God given common sense.
Two verses spoke this morning. Verse 20 and verse 21.
20 Listen to advice and accept discipline,
and at the end you will be counted among the wise.
21Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Listening to the advice. Yes I have been listening and been corrected. Gently. In a caring manner. He always corrects in a gentle way. But yes, I’ve been listening. And now the time is coming to the point to make plans. Not big plans. Little plans. Plans in bite sized pieces. Plans that are achievable. Plans that are not pressured. Plans that will let me grow within Him. Plans that acknowledge that I am a cog in His plan. Plans that acknowledge the individuality of me. Plans that have ‘white space’ built in, so that I can hear the whispering. Space to work with Him. Space to listen and acknowledge Him. My LORD. And yes, although these plans are in my heart, it will be His purpose, His big plan that is to be prominent. I know it isn’t going to be easy. I know I’m going to want to throw all the balls into the air and run with them all. Everything that comes my way. That’s me! But I’m going to try not to run with them all. Carefully. Gently. One at a time. Listening. One step at a time. And say ‘No’ to some things. That will be hard!
So is this the finished product? Or is it a WIP? A work in progress? Hopefully the latter. With the white space for Him to alter and mould me. For Him to guide. To follow His plan with His help.
And blogging? Yes this is one of the plans. My blogging has altered and come a long way over this six weeks. I can’t think God doesn’t have my blogging in His plan for me. It won’t be every day. Hopefully once a week. But we will see. For now, rest. Rest with Him. Rest with me and discover your mini plans. Hopefully.