Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hindrance or Help

I am a woman of many ideas. My brain is always on overdrive as I am thinking of what I want to do next, projects that I want to complete, parties I need to plan, posts I need to write. When I was in the working world I was at a seminar and they talked about visionaries and worker bees. Some people are meant to have vision and see things "Big Picture". Other people want to take those ideas and make them happen, aka "Worker Bees". I always thought of myself as a visionary because of all of the ideas swirling about in my head.

In fact right now I have so many thoughts that I seem to be getting nothing accomplished except making lists and adding to them. . .instead of crossing things off.

So this morning when I opened My Utmost for his Highest, I was forced to shove all of the craziness out of my head and really reflect on a few statements. One in particular statement that Oswald Chambers said, stopped me in my tracks, "When I stop telling God what I want, He can freely work His will in me without any hindrance."

The thought that I had was this, "Am I helping Him complete His will for my life, or am I hindering Him from completing His work in me?"

I really enjoy opportunities to have alone time and think, but I am not very good in that quiet time listening to His voice. A lot of the ideas in my head, in my mind, are for His glory. But, am I meant to be the one to complete these tasks, I don't know.

This entry in My Utmost for his Highest also says, " He simply asks me to have absolute faith in Him and His goodness."

I am not saying that the ideas that I have are not important because they may be exactly what God intends for my life. But today I am realizing that next time I make my list of where I want to go and what I want to accomplish, I need to slow down. I need to take that list and pray over it. God will help me cross things off and get things done.


Tricia Goyer said...

I completely agree! For so long I kept my list of "visionary" things too ... things I wanted to accomplish and I prayed over that. I wanted my will done. They were good things, but not what God had in mind.

The Experiencing God work book helped with that. I learned to see what God is doing and join Him. I've been surprised by where he's led me, but it's been amazing ... more than I could have imagined!

3 Blessings said...

I love this. It is so important for me to remember just to 'Be still' so many times. Thank you for the reminder.

Madre Minutes said...

I too have swirling in my head of all the things I want to do, can do, and hope to do. And yet are they all what He wants for me, asks of me or orchestrates as part of His plan. As the plan gets revealed the unfolding in my mind becomes clear and His presence is then evident. It is when I move out of the evidence of His presence that I miss out on His peace in the plan. Even more so for me I need to stop telling God anything and submit everything under the freedom He gives to work through me.