I started my day at 4am, mapping out the many things that I wanted to accomplish. I just knew that that day was going to be a productive day, unlike the couple days that preceded it. After spending time in God’s presence, I was ready to get things started. As the day unfolded, NOTHING was going according to MY plan. I was working so hard, so much, so busy, so UNSUCCESSFUL in what I thought needed to be done.
It started with FINALLY getting through to a company after the 48th (YES, THE FORTY-EIGHTH) call, only to be met by an automated system informing me that my estimated wait time was 1 hour (YES, ONE HOUR)! I was determined, so I decided to get a few things done while placing the call on speaker. I desperately tried to position my broken charger in a way that would allow just enough juice to flow through my dying phone. I FINALLY got through to the company, so I just couldn’t lose the call. Eventually, I had to leave the house but my phone is usually pretty compassionate when I try to hold on to dear life under 20% if I’m ONLY on a call. If I decide that I want to actually open up an app, that’s a completely different story. She’ll jump from 20% to 5% or completely die in a heartbeat. Well, I guess a part of me tried to test the waters when I attempted to look up some info after being told that the motherboard of one of my other much needed devices was done. The technician said he was sorry to have to tell me that and I was even sorrier to have to hear it. I needed that to be a fixable problem. There I was now with a (temporarily) dead cell phone and a (permanently) dead device that was supposed to solve other recurrent issues that I experiencing. Ugh. Well, enough about my electronics, but in case you missed it, in the midst of all of this my phone died and I lost the call (YES, THE CALL THAT TOOK ME 48 TRIES JUST TO GET THROUGH AND WHEN I FINALLY GOT THROUGH, I HAD AN HOUR WAIT!)
So there I was, phoneless, determined to get some other things accomplished that just needed to be done. Store after store, I entered looking for various items on my list for an upcoming event. I ran in and out of 5 stores before the Holy Spirit prompted me to go to Walmart. He said that everything that I need is at Walmart. Tired of running around and always striving to be obedient the first time to God’s voice, I immediately exited the store intentionally avoiding eye contact with products on the shelves, as I didn’t even want to tempt myself to take things back into my own hands. God said that everything that I need was at Walmart and as silly as that may sound to some, I decided to take Him at His word. Because He gave me what sounded like such a simple and silly directive, I wondered if I was going to meet someone at Walmart that would randomly decide to give me an envelope full of money or some other miraculous encounter. Look, I’m always open for God to show up and do what He does best. =)
As I approached the bus, it was just getting ready to pull off. I got on, sat down and since my phone was dead, I just sat. I began looking out the window and simply talking with God, heart to heart. I smiled as He began to speak to me and give me revelation on situations. I immediately began to think about Martha in Luke 10:38-42. Jesus went to the home of Mary and Martha. As Martha was running around preparing dinner and making sure everything that needed to be done was done, she was upset by the contrast in her sister’s actions. Mary quietly sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to Him. When Martha decided to say something about the situation, she instructed Jesus to tell Mary to come help her. Jesus’ response was, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it and it will not be taken away from her.”
How many times do we, like Martha, get so consumed with what needs to be done that we don’t simply rest at Jesus’ feet, sit with Him, listen to Him and enjoy His company? Is that to say that Martha and even us alike never sit with Jesus or the things that we’re doing aren’t of some importance? Of course not. Martha was good friends with Jesus and in the natural, what she was doing seemed necessary as she was preparing a nice meal for her guest. Similarly, I know we also spend time with the Lord and the things that are on our to-do-list, in the natural, seem necessary. What I was reminded of on that bus ride was the importance of quieting myself, disconnecting from the many distractions that life throws at me and just sit with my Daddy, my friend, my Lord. I noted that if this was the only reason that God sent me to Walmart, this was reason enough. I needed this moment of silence. At the same time, I was still convinced that God meant what He said when He said that everything that I need is at Walmart. (Every time I write that statement, I laugh a little inside. =) )
Holding on to His Word, I walked around for hours in two departments collecting all the items that I needed from those areas. It literally took hours and I was completely ok with it. At the time, I didn’t know how long I was in there, as my phone died and I don’t typically wear watches. I circled one aisle 3-4 times before finding exactly what I needed for a fraction of the price. Thank you, Lord! I love saving money! And then in the next department, He did it again. After much time, I found what I needed for a fraction of what I was expecting to pay. Then I got to a point where I couldn’t find something that I thought I needed. I was reminded of His Words and walked away reassuring myself that I must not really need it or they would have it. (When I got home, I realized that I, in fact, didn’t need the product that I was searching for as I already had one and didn’t realize it.)
I had so much peace resting in God that day. What started out as many closed doors and unsuccessful attempts, turned into relaxing, restful accomplishments. God doesn’t want us to get so wrapped up in what we’re doing or what needs to be done that we neglect those needful moments of silence in His presence. We need those distraction-free times in our lives. Even Jesus had those times where He slipped away from all that was going on. Mark 6:31 says, “Then Jesus said, ‘Let’s go off by ourselves to a quiet place and rest awhile.’ He said this because there were so many people coming and going that Jesus and his apostles didn’t even have time to eat” (NLT). Take Jesus’ example. In fact, take God’s example as well. Genesis 2:2-3 reminds us by stating, “On the seventh day God had finished his work of creation, so he rested from all his work. And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation” (NLT). As you rest in Him AND rest as He did, remember that it is He, who in fact takes care of you anyway. Remind yourself of Luke 12:22-28.
Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you.” (Luke 12:22-28a NLT)
When I rested in presence, He fulfilled His word. Everything that I needed was at Walmart! And as a side note, the company that I tried so desperately to reach on that day, reached out to me that very next morning and answered everything that I would have inquired about. Don’t be busy, being busy. Rest!
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Your sister in Christ,