Sunday, August 30, 2009

Doing His Will

I attended a women's retreat many years ago and the speaker said something that has always stuck with me. She advised that if things aren't going well for us spiritually - perhaps we're just not connecting with God - we should look back on the last thing God asked us to do to determine if we've done it. While walking through a spiritually dry or difficult place is not always the result of disobedience, oftentimes it is, and it's good to discern whether that's the root cause of the struggle at hand.

For some time God has been nudging me toward a change that I've been resisting; till now, that is. I was concerned about letting others down and I was clinging to a stubborn hope that things would get better. My lack of action caused me to feel inreasingly distant from my Source. It took a toll on my day-to-day walk with Him - even affecting my faith in some areas - and that was tough! I didn't connect the two, though, until the speaker's advice rose to the forefront of my consciousness. I realized that the spiritual weight I'd been carrying was a direct result of my resistance to His direction. That resistance was rooted in a lack of trust; otherwise, I would have immediately said yes to His request.

I am now breathing a figurative sigh of relief. It's always better to do His will. I feel I've gone from darkness into light, and the air I'm breathing is far fresher on this side!


Rick Mullen said...

Sounds like a rough path you are on. I do know the feelings you express.
Finding the last time I told God "no, I'd rather not." Is a short reach for me. Sad but true.
It seems no mater what I do, or fail to do, I'm letting somebody down.
I tend to hold onto my ignorance, the only thing I'm good at.
My prayer is "pry my eyes open, help me to see !" God Bless your journey, Lots of Love, Rick

Christine Trollinger said...

I too struggle, and many times find I am not listening to "HIM." The other day, out of the blue, I heard a song playing in my head, just before I woke up. It is a song I used to love years ago. "One Day At A Time, Sweet Jesus."

I don't know why, but it helped me realize I try to rush into everything without stopping to be still and pray and listen to His will.

I think we all struggle with times of separation from God's will. But the good news is, He knows where you are and will never let you out of His sight.

chimakuni said...

I so needed to read this today - and God placed it right before me.

Please pray for me as I struggle to do His you -

Esther said...

God bless your journey, too, Rick. Please don't be too hard on yourself! You serve God well.

Christine, wow, a song from Heaven! That's so cool. I agree - He knows right where we are!

Lee Anne, praying with you for strength to do His will!

Love you all!