As I dropped off my newly-enrolled son to his MDO (Mother’s Day Out) program this morning, I was absolutely giddy. Giddy because I had before me 5.5 hours of ME time. In nearly 4 years, this is the first time I’ve enrolled him in any kind of program like this. Sure, he attends MOPS with me, which is also fabulous, but I am new to having ME time to do whatever I want. In my head I’m thinking of all that I need to be doing: cleaning, cooking, organizing, picking up, laundry, errands…yada, yada, yada. In my heart, however, I am overdue for a little peace and quiet at home. My soul needs the refreshment and my mind needs a break. I’m not requiring a nap, which I enjoy, but just time to read my Bible, thumb through a new book, peruse a magazine and check up on social media. No TV, phone or the like. Just me, my puppy and a comfy chair. Oh, and a nice tall glass of cold lemon water.
I’m excited to delve into a new-to-me book, Keep a Quiet Heart, by Elisabeth Elliot. I love her godly wisdom, insight and encouragement. In fact, I keep a shelf full of these type of books to spur me on this journey I’m on. The journey of Motherhood. My mind settled on this thought of having a quiet heart after engaging briefly with a girlfriend this morning. Here, I thought I’d had a bad week, which to me is still classified as such; however, when I heard about her week, I had to take a step back. She’s been through it and her family is going through it. However, what is different about this gal is she has a quiet spirit. She confessed that she doesn’t allow the enemy to have a foothold as he throws these fiery darts of sickness and back pain to her already overwhelming plate. She with her husband and 2 young boys just moved to town from out of state as he is beginning training for full-time ministry that will take the family to only God knows where.
As this new friend asked about my week, suddenly I didn’t feel quite as overwhelmed after hearing about her week. I was challenged by her quiet spirit, her faithful heart, and prayerful attitude. It wasn’t a “fake it til you make it” attitude, rather a peaceful heart and mind that is grounded in God’s truth of who she is in Christ, the power that is hers through the Holy Spirit as a believer, and the fact that the enemy has limited power. It’s no wonder I pulled this book off my bookshelf this morning, Keep A Quiet Heart.
Now today’s encounter with my friend was only confirmation of what what we studied in church last night. We’ve been studying I Corinthians and last night focused on chapter 7. Reading this in context of course, verse 32 really spoke to me as I tend to be full of anxiety. I would say I have an anxious spirit rather than a quiet or peaceful spirit. There was much discussion in our small group last night as to what Paul was teaching. We’re not to be burdened with anything; we’re to be free from concern.We shouldn’t allow our lives to be dictated by our circumstances. We looked at fear as being anything that has power or control over our lives. What then? We’re to remember that things of this world will pass away >, where as things of God go on forever <. What does God require from us? Obedience. We are to approach God’s call with obedience and willingness.
Once I stopped long enough to look, break down the scripture, and hear God’s teaching, I realized that having a good day or a bad day is really irrelevant. What matters is, are you being obedient? Are you filling your mind with truth? Are you praying for God’s peace? Are you seeking to know Him and are you hearing His voice above all others? Sure, as my wise friend said “Sometimes I think, ‘I didn’t sign up for this‘” referring to the difficult circumstances we find ourselves in, the bad news, the naughty children, fiery darts from our enemy. The takeaway: be obedient to His Word. We are not to be anxious and not to fear. The kicker: in order to be obedient to His Word, we must first read and be well acquainted with His Word.
I’ll pray for you and you pray for me. Let’s encourage one another to have quiet hearts, minds and spirits. God is in control and we are not. Let Him navigate our lives for us and in return choose obedience.