“You know, My Girl, that God put you in this place, for this purpose, to be relevant in this generation, at this time.”
How often does one have the opportunity to say this to one’s daughter?
I did yesterday morning at 0700 on the way to a long day of working club volleyball tryouts. My Girl had just made a comment about the children starving in Africa. I don’t even know how that came into the conversation (it was 0700 on Sunday morning, remember?).
How it came up isn’t as important as how readily it sprang to my lips and out of my mouth!
It has been a long, hard lesson for me to be able to speak those words with conviction.
How can I be relevant to God? Why would I be relevant to God? Why in the world would He want to hear about my tiny, minuscule day-to-day drama and even less so…want to do something about it?
Because He is a God of relationship! Intimacy! Details!
I’m still working my way through A Woman’s Heart, God’s Dwelling Place (This is the study I’m doing, Jenny Hope). I am two weeks behind the group study but still working diligently. I know that I am supposed to be where I am in this study at this time. (See…another example of “at this place, at this time”.)
I just listened to Session 7, A Heart That Intercedes, on Saturday.
I’ve been in a dry patch with God. Dry on my end, not His. The enemy would like to convince me that God had forsaken me during that dry patch.
The enemy has forgotten that I journal.
I was able, during this parched spell, to spend time reading back on all of the things that God has done for me lately.
Instead of focusing on more, more, more, He allowed me to be reminded of how He has blessed, blessed, blessed!
A year ago, I would not have been spiritually mature enough (and believe me, I am NOT spiritually mature at all!) to recognize this God-given opportunity to reflect and remember.
11 I will remember the deeds of the LORD; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
12 I will meditate on all your works and consider all your mighty deeds.
And Psalm 63:5-7:
5 My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
6 On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night.
7 Because you are my help, I sing in the shadow of your wings.
There were several parts of this week’s session where I stopped, rewound and listened over and over again. Parts that I needed to hear over and over. I love when Beth Moore says, “someone needed to hear that today”.
There was one part in particular I had to rewind several times, listen to over and over, pause and reflect, meditate and pray on. I didn’t jot down’ Beth’s words about it, but I did journal what God gave to me on it.
“It is time for me to be decisive about my time on this Earth. To serve MY purpose in this generation, for this time. To be relevant to this generation, to my family, to those I serve. I was called to this generation.”
I love the words, “decisive”, “serve”, “relevant”, “called”.
It IS time for me to become decisive about The Reason I am here at this time, at this place.
To be relevant…
I spoke those words to My Girl yesterday morning. But they were really for me.