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Chasing Heights

Monday, July 8, 2013






I'm the kind of person who is always looking toward the next thing.  The next vacation, the next family milestone, the next creative endeavor, or weekend plan, or school year.  I'm flat out horrible at living in the present.

I've mentioned before that I itch for change every few years.  And for a while I was on a role with something major happening every two years or so... starting a career, getting married, buying a house, having our first baby, having our second baby, moving to a new state.  All big life milestones.  Each one a dream come true.

But, since our last big move, life has been.....well....pretty darn still and steady.  In a really beautiful, life-settling, put-your-roots-down kind of way.  Sure there's been the normal ups and downs of marriage, raising very little ones, and letting God stretch me in new and sometimes painful ways.  But for the most part, my circumstances have not changed much in the past few years.  And that's not something to complain about!  But for my restless heart, I've been sort of wondering... "What next, God?"  Something good?  Something bad?!  Some kind of crazy curveball?  I believe in His sovereignty.  So I wholeheartedly believe He works all things together for our good.

I was reading in my Jesus Calling book this week and it really struck a nerve.  It talks about how we, as humans, tend to be anxious about our future, always wishing we knew what was next. But that Jesus designed time to be a protection for us.  He only gives us little bits of the journey at a time.  And that's with a distinct purpose. We could never bear to see our whole entire lives all at once. Can you imagine?  What would be the point to life anyway?  There would be no reason to hope, to dream, to grow, or to seek God.

This really made me step back and realize how exceptional the gift of time really is.  He doesn't give us something today that we're not ready for.  Even if we think the next step could be nothing but a good thing.  He lays the groundwork, one well-planned step at a time.  I couldn't feed my infants solid food before they were ready, even though it was a really good and yummy thing.  So it's comforting to know that for my own protection, the events of my life never unfold too early or too late.  Just right on time.

If I picture my life like a staircase that gets higher with each passing year, I want each step I put my weight on to be firmly in place. And since stairs are built from the bottom up, I can't go chasing heights that aren't in their proper place yet. 

I want to enjoy the view from right here.

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The Sovereign Lord is my strength 
He enables me to go on the heights  
And I am not afraid  
The Sovereign Lord is my strength  
Where are the greener pastures  
Where are the quiet waters  

The Sovereign Lord is my strength
You are my green pastures  

You are my quiet waters  
The Sovereign Lord is my strength

-The Heights by The David Crowder Band.

The Heights by David Crowder Band on Grooveshark

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6 comments:

  1. I'm guilty too, of looking ahead. This is a wonderful post!
    xxoo

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    1. Thanks Jesse! Why is it so hard to be present??!

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  2. Perfect post for me today.....so busy looking to the future that I am not enjoying the present. I needed to hear these words today. Thank you!

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    1. Marsha thank you for that feedback! I'm so glad that it resonated with someone else!

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  3. That really made me stop and think. What a way with words!

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