distraction and chaos

In the craziness of this world…  When distraction and chaos seem to be pulling at all sides; He sends a little time-out, a moment of refuge and I am flooded by His grace and overwhelmed with His goodness.     

It simply said, “Divide and check.”  But all he saw was struggle and difficulty.  In these moments I easily find my self frustrated and frazzled.  He whizzed through it yesterday like it was nothing.  But, today is a new day and he feels defeated.  As I feel myself getting hot, I take a deep breath and grab His word.  I share with him the choices we are given to make.  I remind him there was a time not long ago I decided to live differently.  A time when I too was faced with something that looked to great, too difficult to overcome.  I too was faced with a choice and I chose Christ.  (he’s looking at me…  he’s listening…  but I know he is wondering where I am going with this…  what in the world does this have to do with divide and check…)  I made a decision to live the way I knew Christ intended for me to live.  A time in my life when distraction and chaos where coming at all sides…  I made the decision.  

At that moment, I decided to stand on His word, BELIEVE it for its entirety and walk in His promises.  I then shared with Him this one particular verse that seems to be creeping up everywhere I turn lately…

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”  Ephesians 3:20

He recognizes this verse…  As we sat in our Sunday best we heard her story and how SHE made a decision; with zeal and creativity she URGED each of us to make the decision to stand on His word. Believe.  Walk in His promises.  

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…”  Ephesians 3:20

He listens.  I see him rolling it over up in there, trying to make sense and understand.  

He looks up and ask, “How do you hear Him?”…  “How does He speak to you?”.   He tells me in his sweet little voice, “I only hear me”.  I can’t help but snicker.  These sweet moments when you are being filled and just overflowing.  All those times you tell them to “talk to Jesus!”…  “say your prayers!”…  “ask the Lord and He will help you!”…  Pretty big imperatives for a little kid.  BUT there it is between the “I” and the “me”…  An admission of seeking.  A proclamation of his faith.  He’s been asking.  

Filled.  Overflowing.

I tell him that He speaks in many ways. 

I shared with him a couple of ways and a few verses that PROVE He speaks to us…

Through reading His word…

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”   John 1:1

He sent The Comforter, The Counselor to dwell within us; leading us internally and externally…

“The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.” John 14:17

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”  

1 Corinthians 3:16 

He’s still listening.  I think he’s getting this crazy momma, this Jesus freak and I think he is beginning to understand.  

And this kid who used to fit perfectly against my chest feels my head that nuzzling, fitting perfectly against his.  He’s grinning.  I’m grinning.  This arrow of my youth.  

And again I remind him how wonderful he is…  how brave… and how smart!  I tell him that he truly can do all things.  Because HE told me so.  Because He told me He can do IMMEASUREABLY MORE!  Still grinning.  And so, I reach over and grab His word, clutching it with both hands my thumbs meeting on the fore edge of these mighty tissue thin pages… Opening it gently my thumb gliding over countless Firsthand Faith stories of hope and promises…  Holding it up and open, there it is, at the end of my thumb…

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His eyes wide.  I just laugh!  Smiling I say, “See, He speaks!”.  And in a flash, his nose is back in his books and finishing in record time!

As I watch him buckle down and tackle this tiny equation that once seemed to have no answer, to difficult to conquer.  I hear Him.  Finding myself facing an obstacle that seems too great…  He speaks.  I can not stop the tears from flowing.  Please Lord don’t ever let things get so loud, so distracting that I can’t hear you.  

It simply said, “Divide and check.”.

And HE simply said, ” I can do IMMEASUREABLY MORE!”.

Immeasureably more.

Thank you sweet Jesus.  You are so faithful.

xoxo,

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