Monday, November 9, 2015
Now what? Perspective
I received a thorough ultrasound this morning and the doctor came in after reviewing the results and said that the lump is my body fighting an infection. It is absolutely nothing to be worried about so we can go home with clear minds that all is well. Praise God!
I had received a peace from the Lord the past few days that this would be the news I received from the doctor this morning and I'm more than grateful for it.
Nonetheless, after being in a position throughout the past week that makes you consider the what ifs and how you would respond if the doctor came back with different news, I find myself saying, now what?
Not because I am ungrateful for the news but moreso because on more than one occasion in the what if process I thought to myself, if this....then that. If I received bad news then there were ways I would improve on being a wife, being a mom, being a friend, being a disciple.
Here I am with a sound bill of health and I just don't feel like I should take this information and get back to life as usual. Yes, life is going on but why wait on a few of those if this...then that internal discussions.
After a recent conversation with a close friend about goals in life and talking about ways that we like to "find center" I am noticing that this check-in on life process should happen in more ways than one and more often than I'm used to.
Why should I wait to get bad news to ask my husband, what are ways that I can love you more effectively? To ask myself, how can I be a more patient mom? What ways can I more visibly live my faith in front of my son, family, friends? Why should I wait until I have a more sympathetic platform to be bold in my statements about God and His truth?
I often think that someday I will be called to public speaking but I always wonder, what will be my platform? What will be the subject matter? This is an answer I do not have yet and honestly, I'm not actively seeking this scenario. I know it is not in this season but God will lead me to something. However, why am I waiting for an official platform when God has been creating one for me my entire life? My testimony is my platform. No one can argue that.
Look back at the Bible. Look at the people God used. What was so special about them? Truthfully, the one quality that every special person in the Bible had was they were real, human, broken, and loved Jesus.
I openly admit that I wait for times when I think that people will want to listen or be more interested in hearing what I have to say. The truth is, ever since I started this blog, I said that it wasn't for me. Yes, I love to use it to feel heard but more importantly, I committed using this blog to honor and glorify God's presence and faithfulness in my life. I need to stop looking for something to make me special and remember that my love for Jesus is all the world needs to see.
Today I challenge you, I challenge myself, during the mundane, every day, plain life to stop waiting for a platform and just honor God. Honor God in our marriages, in our parenting, in our friendships. Let's let it be known and obvious, sick or healthy, happy or sad, strong or weak, God is real. He lives, He breathes, and He is present.