Sometimes I need to be shaken.
If we are all honest about our walks with God, there are times when we simply check out. Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I am one of the few who covets time to simply “do me.” I want to binge on my favorite shows. I want to pursue my favorite pastimes. And the more I do that, avoiding other responsibilities and avoiding spending time with God, the more I DO NOT WANT to spend time with God, nor do I want to obey Him. I ignore his gentle urgings. I tune them out and I do what feels good.
I do not think I am alone here.
These are the times when I need to be shaken, when I need a gracious reminder of what is truly important and of what I truly desire in my inner being.
Today, God graciously used a conversation with a friend that I had over text to shake me out this “doing me” state. This was unexpected, because my friend is struggling today. We were texting back and forth as I attempted to appeal to her, reminding her of her identity in Christ and what I believe she truly wants in her inner being.
But I wasn’t shaken until I reminded her that our decisions today do not simply affect us today; they affect our tomorrow, and they affect our families, and they can even affect future children. My decisions today can have great impact on not just me, but the people around me, and people in the future I do not yet know. This is incredible. As I wrote this to her, it dawned on me that I can’t just “do me” as if there is no consequence. Sure, there is a grace. And, sure, as a pregnant woman, I need to rest. But I know the difference between resting and checking out. Trust.
Friend, you know who you are. I know you will read this. And I just want to thank you for sharing your struggles with me. For even as we struggle, we sharpen one another. And because of your struggle, you shook me out of a dreadful state. God was in the midst of our conversation, working as He always does. And because of you, I am now going to open my Bible and be still before him.
We are not meant to walk this Christian walk out on our own. God created us to do life in community, interdependent and thriving off the various strengths he’s given us.
As iron sharpens iron,
so one person sharpens another.