Psalm 86:11 (NIV)
Teach me your way, Lord,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart,
that I may fear your name.
By Jodi Matthews
Does anyone ever feel a little distracted in this world besides me? All the coming and going and going and coming leaves me with a heart that feels a little scattered; OK, a lot scattered and even broken sometimes. I live on a dead-end street and my sweet elderly neighbor friend who lived on the corner (who now is in the presence of Jesus) would sit on her front porch most days and watch me drive in and out of our street probably 10- 15 times a day. Every time I passed she smiled and waved me on and I often wondered if she thought I was little crazy, maybe a little bit distracted.
I often would go and visit my dear neighbor because I loved being with her as she would love to share stories about when she was a little girl growing up in rural Virginia. There was something that seemed to settle me when I was with her talking of memories gone by and sharing our mutual love for God.
I will never forget the day, however, when I came to her home and my dear neighbor seemed to be out of sorts, which definitely felt a little unsettling. She began to tell me how she has fussed all day long at God about some things going on with her son. She then proceeded to tell me that she heard the Lord speak to her heart and say, “Miss Clara, sit down and be still, it’s my turn to talk!” She said,” So I did!” Good advice that I have often reflected in my distracted divided heart….
When life seems overwhelming and hard to sort out, I know I need to draw near to God to hear His voice above the noise all around me. My Sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me…..John 10:27. Yet even at times when I am trying to be still, my heart seems to be so divided that in those moments I may be there in body but my spirit is a million miles away. Oh God, my prayer is like the psalmist in Psalms 86:11: teach me your way that I may lean hard on your faithfulness and your truth. Oh God, please unite my heart so that I can fear you alone above the clamor of all around me.
I am learning these truths over the journey to my edge that I have to tune into the voice that matters most. I have to cling to his word, seek his heart and agenda not my own, I need to ask God through the power of the Spirit to help me take my thoughts, EVERY thought, hostage and make it obedient to Jesus Lord of my heart. (“…we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” II Corinthians 10:5)
The good news is that in our lives we have many who have gone before on their journey to the edge and are cheering us on as well. They are waving us on like my dear neighbor friend reminding us our focus, our centeredness is found in Jesus the Author and perfecter of our faith. So stay the course, dear friends, and join me as we ask God to give us undivided hearts for Him!
Please pray with me as I am stepping to my edge, releasing a book that has come directly from my heart to yours. May God use these stories that have helped me to follow Him to my edge and encourage you to follow Him to yours! So look up! I believe I can see some saints waving us on!
Hebrews 12:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.