"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." Psalm 46:10
Monday, December 13, 2010
Such a Small Word
I don't know how many times I've asked myself if I'm really hearing God. If I'm really doing what I should be doing. If I'm in the right place, making the right choices... especially when those choices are only making things worse. Or they seem worse. . . yet, are they?
Voices quieted as the chapter president stood before the group of writers, cupping several small objects in her hands. It was our Christmas party meeting. She looked around the room and said she wanted to give everyone a little gift and as she rounded the tables, setting one small stone in front of a member, she also said that she'd asked God to let each one be a special word to the receiver. Carefully, she'd pluck one out of her palm without looking at it, and set it face down on the table.
When I turned mine over, I knew immediately He'd heard her prayer.
It's the very word I hear every time I question what He's asked me to do.
"Have faith, Jackie. I'm right here with you. There's a reason for everything. I have good plans for you. I desire good things, not bad, for you."
I held the little stone between my fingers, letting them rub over the indented word, saying it over and over... faith... faith... just need to have faith.
Then our speaker got up. She talked about when tragedy hits. She had experienced it, going blind one day and having to rebuild her life because of it. Yet it's not defeated her. Matter-of-fact, her blindness has allowed her to see life much more clearly.
Her last words are still re-vibrating through my spirit:
I'm not stuck. I'm in position. Live life. Live it to it's fullest.
That's the FAITH walk. It's the keep on walking, despite how high the waves look, keep on doing what seems impossible because He will make all things possible for those of us who love Him.
Such a small word. Such a small gift. Yet so profound.