God’s Still Dancing

God Danced the Day You Were Born has been around on artwork and greeting cards for many years.  I always liked it, but never gave more than a passing thought to the sentiment . . . until the other day.

It was the last opportunity I would have to pray with my son and daughter-in-law (without their toddler around to distract) before they headed to the hospital to deliver their second son – my second grandson.  I didn’t know in advance what I’d pray, since the typical things had already been covered in personal prayer.  I knew Holy Spirit was behind it, so I looked forward to what He’d communicate at this special time.  As always, it was perfect!

Rather than leading us to pray about the physical circumstances of this birth, the Lord revealed His heart in a deeper way.  As I began to pray with excitement about this precious baby we were about to meet, I could sense His eager anticipation, too.  As excited as we were at the prospect of seeing this new life, the One Who created Him was even more excited!  The Creator had knit Emmett together in his mother’s womb and already knew everything about him; yet, He was still excited about this baby’s world debut!

You know, it was the same when each of us was born.  God danced with excitement the day we made our entrance and the world got its first glimpse of yet another of His created ones.  He had, after all, declared the day of creation very good when He created each of us in the spirit realm, long before we were formed in the womb. (Genesis 1:31) 

Then we grew up, living so far from His perfection.  But God!  Because of His love for us, and His gift of Jesus Christ, He sees us as perfect, completely righteous.  We are in Christ.  He’s not disappointed with Christ, so He’s not disappointed with us.  Really.  And He’s still dancing!

Temporary Change

It seems like it’s been so long since I posted here, but it’s not because I haven’t been thinking about it.  Some of you who write may not understand this, but there’s nothing in me that needs to be written right now.  Lots of life has happened over the course of the last month – two trips to Dallas to see the new grandbaby, cataract surgery, a little iritis in both eyes (and all the additional eye doctor visits that go with that) – and it has thrown me off any semblance of a writing schedule.

In the midst of all this non-schedule, though, Holy Spirit has been drawing me to Himself in different ways.  I’m not dry at all, spiritually.  I don’t even feel dry for writing.  It’s more like the Lord is working into me to set my face to seek His face that I might come to know Him more.  What I find right now is a much greater awareness of His presence with me throughout the day.  I see new aspects of Him at work in me, but I have no unction to write about them.

Jesus is drawing me to a different, more intimate, place of knowing Him so that I can more clearly make Him known to others.  This place is new for me, and I want to stay here with Him as long as it takes before He knows I’m ready for whatever is next.  I suspect there will be a post here and there even in the midst of this season, though they won’t be as frequent as they have been.  I hope you will use my “quiet” time to draw from some of the posts already written and recorded here.  They may not be new, or even new to you, but they can still be a word in due season.

Psalm 27:4, 8 4 One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple. . . 8 You have said, Seek My face [inquire for and require My presence as your vital need]. My heart says to You, Your face (Your presence), Lord, will I seek, inquire for, and require [of necessity and on the authority of Your Word].  AMP

Whose Plans?

As I completed things on my to-do list of preparations for the next visit to Tom’s mother, I realized how little stress was in evidence as I readied dog, home, writing, and myself.  How different from the last time!  Not only was the time leading up to that departure extra stressful, the visit itself was hard, though I couldn’t point to anything as a reason.

Though the dog was to be boarded again, the anxious and sad feelings were not there – where they weighed heavily before.  The pre-trip cleaning wasn’t so overwhelming, and was completed in plenty of time to pack without pressure.  Even the inspiration for writing I had wanted to complete ahead of the trip came to me in a timely and stress-free fashion.

I know Holy Spirit pointed this peaceful state of mind out to me so I would notice the obvious difference the lesson from my “hard trip” had made in my life.  What was the lesson?  He hadn’t told me to go on that trip.  (Note to self . . . ask the Lord before making plans.)  Could it get any clearer?

Romans 12:2 AMP  Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].

It is so much easier simply to ask what His will is for me all the time, than trying to follow my natural reasoning.  Now I’ve had the experience of not being in His will and of being in His will in the same situation at a different time.  The difference was a matter of peace or no peace, and the latter is not something I want to repeat – ever again!  So, I choose to pursue His will for me from here on out.  How about you?