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The song “Don’t Miss It” by Francesca Battistelli slayed me the other day.
“Burn up the interstate (I do)
Got somewhere you need to be, you’re (Always)
Not gonna let nobody slow you down (Right, don’t slow me down)
Turn off the radio and
Turn up your telephone (Got my headphones in to make calls while I drive)
You don’t have the time to smell the roses now” (Too much to do to stop and drink in the day)
Am I reaching so hard for the next season or the next “thing” in life that I can’t or won’t savor the season I’m currently in? What have I missed living this way?
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 tells us there is a season for everything. So why do we seem so anxious for the next season of life? When the baby is born, we say, “I can’t wait until they crawl…walk…talk…go to preschool…kindergarten…full day of school…” Then they become teenagers and they begin to say, “I can’t wait until I drive…graduate…go off to college…get a job…get married…have children…”
Why are we so bent on moving through life so fast? Is this why we grow weary? How many moments of life have I missed because I’ve hurried to embrace the next season rather than embracing the life and minutes right in front of me?
What am I missing spiritually as I race through life? Am I pursuing God’s truths, savoring them, allowing them to take root in my life and transform me into who He has created me to be right now or simply checking the boxes and miss experiencing His deep refinement that can come from spending real time with my Father?
Jesus’ ministry was three years. His example isn’t of running hurriedly through those years. Instead, we see conversations and deliberate moments that impacted lives. We see the personal touch of God. We see time taken to heal, deliver, celebrate, and forgive.
“What if you took the time
To really soak it in
Like a September morning
Like snow without a warning
Like how the summer feels upon your skin”
Be available. Have conversations that impact lives.
Slow down. Pray.
Embrace the season you find yourself in. Right here. Right now.
“Hmm, just take a second maybe
Before the sun goes down
Breathe before your breath runs out”
God has given us a life to live, and he doesn’t want us to miss it.
Mary Ward serves as the Marketing Director, Northern Virginia Area Director, and Group Fitness Instructor for Body & Soul Fitness. She currently teaches classes at McLean Bible Church in Vienna, VA and at the nZone Gym in Chantilly, VA. Mary also sits on the Board of Directors for First Place 4 Health, a sister ministry B&S partners with. She is a speaker and presenter at women’s conferences and retreats.
“You found me—never, never, never gonna be the same…I am yours and You are mine. You will never have to hide. Before the heavens, before the earth I knew exactly where you were. And I am yours and You are mine! Only You are Lord. You are mine.”
Do you remember playing ‘hide and seek’ when you were a kid? Did you ever hide in such a good place that you were worried after awhile of sitting there that you would not be found by the person who did the counting? In life God knows where each lost sheep is, and he is longing to find each one of us and bring us into the fold of his love. This song expresses the joy of being found by God. True joy is being “found by God” when we are lost in our sin. We are found and forgiven through the blood of Jesus. We become part of God’s forever family, and we never have to worry about being lost again. Even if there are times when we wander, our heavenly shepherd is not far away, ready to guide us back to be close to him.
1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
Questions: Did you like playing ‘hide and seek’ when you were a child? Do you sometimes play hide and seek with God? What was it like for you when God ‘found’ you? Are you feeling lost right now, longing for God to find you? Have you personally experienced the “inexpressible and glorious joy” of salvation like Peter describes?
Prayer Power: Pray for those who are lost, that they will grow in their desire to be found by God. Pray for yourself and your loved ones who are feeling a little lost right now and need God’s shepherd’s touch of love and guidance.
More Song Inspiration:
The other week I started reading the Gospel of Luke. Chapter 3 contains a record of Jesus’ genealogy that I hadn’t really read before. To be honest, the first time I read Matthew, which starts with genealogy, I was cross-eyed by the time I got half way through and I skipped to the end. That was almost 20 years ago and in that time I have been through several amazing Bible studies, none of which had much to do with genealogy. However, in my studies on Covenant, Romans, Revelation, Joshua, Ruth and many more, I got to know some of the incredible people in the Bible and guess what? A lot of them are in the genealogy of Jesus! When I read through the list of names of who begat whom it wasn’t a list of strangers but a list of people I knew. They aren’t strangers to me, or faceless names but rather they are men of courage, integrity, and faith. Not perfect certainly (see David for instance) but real men living a real life who managed to be part of a family line that brought us Jesus. I would not have known them had I not been in Bible study all these years.
Family can be complicated (again, see David) but even the complications can define us in many ways. It can cause us to embrace traditions or push away from them. For the good or the bad, it is often the springboard we use as we navigate through life making decisions for ourselves and for our own families God has gifted to us. I signed up for Ancestry after Christmas and did the DNA testing, and I have discovered so much more about my family since digging into my family tree. It’s COMPLICATED!!! It’s MESSY!!! It’s full of characters who were brave, crazy, passionate, depressed, lonely, focused, hard-working, sinners, and saints. I come from some weird and wonderful people y’all, but don’t we all?
Jesus had some serious characters in His family tree too. I encourage you to get into your Bible and read about these people. They were weird and wonderful too. God used them in incredible ways and through their stories we can see hints at the redemption to come through Jesus. And through Jesus we all have been grafted into this wonderful family of God! Hallelujah!
I love the song “Show Love” by Family Force 5 that we do in class. Okay, love may be a strong word and maybe I am not always feeling strong by the time we get to the out, out, in, in but I do love hearing my class sing/shout that part about being one big family. It’s such a special thing to be part of a ministry where the atmosphere creates a family. I hope you all feel like family to one another. You certainly feel like family to me! And what a BLESSING it is to be part of the family of God. Forever family in Christ!