Yesterday morning I was out for my daily walk. I was praying as I was walking. I reflected on the fact that I talk a lot at God....less talk to God. And when it comes to listening, I realized I was slightly hearing impaired. I had read before that it's so important to listen to God and what He's saying to you. This is definitely a struggle for me. It's less complicated to tell God your concerns and what you would like, and then just assume those align with His will and wait for Him to answer according to MY will. However, that's not what He wants from me. He wants to talk to me...isn't that crazy that the creator of the universe actually wants to talk to ME...little ol' me.
When I got home from my walk, I opened up my bible. I've been reading extensively in Jeremiah and it's God's grace that has put me there. These were the words I read:
...weeping for her children, refusing all solace. Her children are gone, gone - long gone into exile. But God says, "Stop your incessant weeping, hold back your tears. They'll be coming back home! There's hope for your children."
...You broke me. Now put me, trained and obedient, to use. You are my God. God will create a new thing in this land. A transformed woman will embrace the transforming God!
...I'll refresh tired bodies, I'll restore tired souls. ~Jeremiah 31
And yet even when I read these words, a part of me says, "Oh, what a cool coincidence." But that is no coincidence. The Lord gave me these words to encourage my soul. To know that He is with me, restoring me, and telling me not to cry. It also calls me to be obedient to Him and allow Him to use me in the way He would like.
A life in Christ is bigger than we can ever imagine. It forces us to demolish our feeble human expectations and to release our dreams into the hands of Mighty God. That's where BIG, BIG things happen. It's a RENEWED and TRANSFORMED life, and how I long for that.