|Well, that's one way to know where you are....|
This concept has always been tough for me. I enjoy a good yoga class, though I may not take in or agree with every philosophy presented, I like a good sweat (my hair doesn't, but I digress) and I enjoy the fact that for a hot, humidity-laden hour, I am encouraged to be right where I am and focus on exactly what I’m doing and nothing else.
Carrying this concept outside of those doors is where the difficulty comes in. I have this tendency to try to predict everything. If I start something it’s not before I consider every possibility of exactly how it will end and what the next steps will be. If you know anything about life, anything at all, you know that this is impossible. Like, all the way not going to happen. So why do I do it? Why do you? Why do we? Let’s be in this together.
Many people site Proverbs 3:5-6 as their favorite verse. I say it to myself when I’m stressed or anxious (which I totes am right now. Do the kids still say 'totes'?) – to try to bring my brain back into some sort of sense making place, but when I actually consider the verse I feel like it’s a bit more involved than we like to make it.
Verse 5 is easy enough: you don’t understand all the stuff – so don’t count on yourself to understand all the stuff. God made the stuff, so fully trust him with all your stuff. (loosely translated)
Verse 6 is what I consider a lot: In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
“In all your ways acknowledge him…” What does this mean? How do we acknowledge him in all our ways?
I think it all begins with being present. Being here, now. If I am going about my life, trying to do God’s job and figure everything out and missing everything he’s trying to do or teach me through the current situation, I can’t acknowledge the tools, trials, triumphs and tasks he’s given me in the present moment. Like, I miss it ALL. If I keep my mind on Jesus, where he has me at this moment and follow his voice the best I can in everything I’m doing, trusting him with all the stuff and accepting the limits of my understanding – THEN my path will be straight. Our human nature, I think, is to try to make our own path what we perceive to be straight based on our limited understanding from inside a situation. Yeah – that’s not at all helpful.
So my task right now, and I’m inviting you to join me – let’s make it a party, ya’ll - is to work on being present. Hearing God in the current situations of my life and seeking him about everything today so I am letting him make it do what it do (do the kids still say ‘make it do what it do’?) Things are so much easier that way, no? (yes. The answer is yes.)