Reality Check

Yes, I have been super excited in these recent days with my book,  A Call To The Edge, that I along with many others have labored long over this book project. It’s now in my hands to see to read and hopefully encourage other to follow God’s call on their lives!   I will even be more excited to hear your stories of how God is and will be leading you so we can just shout hallelujah together!   

 

You can only imagine how excited I was when I saw the package with the first copy of my book on my front porch. (I am sure all of you have caught on to that I am more than excited! Ha Ha )  

 

I used to be a little more gifted at multitasking, but lately, that just hasn’t been the case. Simple things like remembering where I put my keys have been more of an issue than it should be. Running late because I could not find my keys, I picked up my package with hopes of opening it but knew I needed to move along because I was running behind for a dentist appointment.  I jumped in my car, began to rip open the package, started turning the car around, and called Rodney my husband all at the same time wanting to share the good news.   Before I knew it, I bumped rather abruptly into the fire hydrant that sits across the street from our house and took out a small light on my car.   Reality check 101 kicked in! Thankfully it was not my main light and thankfully nothing was seriously damaged this time in all the excitement.  

 

I wish I could tell you I learned my lesson in Reality Class 101 but God knew I needed a refresher course in Reality check 202 when two days later I hit the same fire hydrant and this time took out a tire.  Oh my goodness, I am dead serious! I cannot believe this and neither could my husband! This fire hydrant has sat across the street since we have moved into our house over 21 years ago and I have not hit it once until this past week and hit it twice.  

 

God really has my attention now.  God is patient with me and so is Rodney, my husband, because he knew I was just a bit distracted with all the excitement and a reality check, was definitely needed. Yes, still working on that distraction thing from my previous blog so please just pray for me! Oh God, give me an undivided heart so I can both follow you and drive the car!  

 

Psalms 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path……  God’s Word has always been my reality check.  I am thankful that the Bible isn’t filled with perfect people in perfect circumstances but what I do see throughout the pages is that God does not always strive with me according to my sin or my blunders or even when I hit fire hydrants too often.  

The Lord is merciful and gracious,

   slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9 He will not always chide,

   nor will he keep his anger forever.

10 He does not deal with us according to our sins,

   nor repay us according to our iniquities.

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

   so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;

12 as far as the east is from the west,

   so far does he remove our transgressions from us.

13 As a father shows compassion to his children,

   so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

14 For he knows our frame;

   he remembers that we are dust. Psalms 103:8-14 ESV

His Word re-calibrates me back to where my focus needs to be centered in Him.  His Word brings refreshment over me when my heart is broken when I feel happy or sad or even when I am little too excited as well.  He calls me to settle myself in Him and find the courage to know it is in Him I live and breathe and have my being.  

 

Sometimes God needs to bring me back to keeping the main thing the main thing.  Not being so scattered in thought that I miss what God has for me because I am running through life trying to multitask while running into fire hydrants. Not the best plan, I can assure you!  It’s ok for me to be excited but I need my focus to be firmly grounded in Him.  I pray I have learned my lesson as I thank God for His mercy and compassion (my husband’s too….He handled it well!)  Oh Jesus, keep me in check and help me to be ever so close to you.  By the way, if you would……please move the fire hydrant across the street!!!!

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