Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Doing Nothing

This morning I woke up grateful, 
grateful for who God is in my life
and for all He is doing and has given me.
I think I remained grateful for about five minutes.

Then I became aware of the day
and all that was before me.
A couple of situations came to mind
and I began to rehearse the challenge.
Left to run its course, the mind is dangerous.
My spirit was fighting to remain at rest, 
grateful and at peace in the presence of Jesus.
My mind was fighting to remind me
that all is not well on every front.

With its great emphasis on logic, it said:
If you do nothing, nothing will get done.
Well played, reason, well played.
A little fun with words, chiastic structure, nice.
But it's not true, my spirit reminded me.

He made us alive in Christ, 
set us down in highest heaven with Jesus.
Now God has us where He wants us,
with all the time in this world and the next 
to shower grace and kindness upon us in Christ Jesus. 
All we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. 
Eph 2:7-8

So, this morning, I turn my face upward and say,
Jesus, thank You for Your incredible grace.
I get to sit with You and hear You say:

I can do anything, you know—
more than you could ever imagine 
 or request in your wildest dreams! 
I do it by working within you, 
My Spirit moving deeply and gently.
Eph 3:20-21
I already know that this is not the last time today
that I will have to choose between 
my spirit and my soul,
between the voice tethered to this world
and the Voice anchored to my Father.
But I am grateful for these quiet morning moments
where Jesus comes by His Holy Spirit
and helps me win the first battle of the day.
My mind wants to define sitting in His presence,
keeping my soul submissive to my spirit,
as "doing nothing."
I speak to my mind and tell it to 
go study the Word.
You need a lot more of Jesus,
I remind that prideful web of reason.

I sit in His presence and receive His grace.
As I seek Him and trust Him above all else,
He perfects those things that concern me.
Gratefulness returns.
And with it, great peace.


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