He Must Come to You

For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.- Psalm 86:13

As I sat down to write a few minutes ago, I put on the Elevation Worship CD, We Are Alive, to try to lift something inspirational out of me.  Track 2 came on, Progress A.  It’s 30 seconds of Pastor Steven preaching, not even a song, which caught my attention.  I’ve learned in the short time I’ve been attending Elevation Church that when Pastor Steven speaks, I listen.

This is what struck me; he says, “You cannot get to God, He must come to you. There is no other way.”

And then I opened up my Bible, which I’m very new at, and it opened to Psalm 86.  Verse 13 hit me in the gut.

Not only did God come to ME, but when he came to me he delivered me from the depths of my self-made hell.  I honestly don’t know how other people come to find God without experiencing a life altering moment.  Maybe it’s just me, but He had to literally save me from death in order for me to see him, I mean really see Him.  I grew up always knowing that there was a God, I just didn’t KNOW him.  Like Pastor Steven said, there is no other way for me to know God until He comes to me.  I am so grateful that He did.

Are you still searching for Him?  Has He found you yet?

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I Hope You Dance

Today, I met up with my former boss and mentor and he reminded me why it is I look up to him.

All through this cold, snowy, makes-me-want-to-hibernate winter I’ve been questioning where I am in my life.  My career, my geographical location, relationships and my social life are all topics of consideration.  All of this thinking leads to a mild case of the mopes because that is what happens when Tracey is in her head for too long.

So, I’m rambling on to my former/boss mentor about all of the things that are wrong with my life right now and possible solutions I’ve come up with to fix them.  He is a very reflective soul, so a couple of hours after we parted, I received an email from him with this inspirational thought:

Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass.  It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

I’ve heard variations of this before, but today after reading it something clicked.  As restless as I am and as badly as I want this uncertain time in my life to pass, THIS is my life.  Right now.  If I’m just waiting for it (the storm) to pass, then I’m essentially missing out on my life (the dance).  The difficult times are what makes life, life.  Otherwise, it would just be the Truman Show or a fairytale (but even fairy tales have conflict and resolution).

Even though I feel restless, discontent, stuck, and confused, I know that growth is taking place.  But, that growth can only be recognized and flourish into strength of character if I choose to change the way I think about it.  Reading that inspirational thought today flipped the switch in my head and reminded me that instead of getting down about the situation, I should embrace it for what it is.  What it is, is my life!  Love your life today!

Today is life-

Today, I want to share a sanskrit proverb by Kalidasa, and Indian poet and playwright from Fifth century A.D.  This can also be found in the beginning of the Twenty-Four Hours a Day book:

Look to this day,

For it is life,

The very life of life.

In its brief course lie all

The realities and verities of existence,

The bliss of growth,

The splendor of action,

The glory of power–

For yesterday is but a dream,

And tomorrow is only a vision,

But today, well lived,

Makes every yesterday a dream

       of happiness

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.

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