There was a young girl gazing at the beauty of an orange field of flowers. She was overcome with awe at the beauty the Lord made. The Lord came up beside her and grabbed her hand and began to lead her away. She was hesitant, the field was so beautiful, surely He couldn't want her to not enjoy His beauty. He tugged again. She reluctantly turned aside to see where He was leading her.
Another beautiful field of flowers. Just as beautiful, but different. She looked back still wanting to enjoy the orange field, what she had known for so long, but the Lord kept leading her on. As she walked she began to understand that though He wanted her to enjoy the beauty of the orange field, He never wanted her to stay there. He wanted her to enjoy more of His Creation.
I am the girl. For so many years as a single girl and married without children, ministry to college students was my passion. College ministry is the orange field but as my small children get a bit older, I sense the Lord tugging me to switch my focus. My time is more limited now that it ever has been. I love seeing what the Lord does in young girls lives, how He shapes them, how He transforms them, how He moves them from darkness to light. But He gently tugs.
I am still unsure of what the pink field is. I know it is the ministry of raising my kids as a long process and I know it also includes the mission outside of my home of making disciples.
I was reading Proverbs 16. Did you know that the word commit in Hebrew is Galal, meaning to run down or roll? It is the picture of a rock pushed off the side of a mountain, surrendered. And did you know that establish in Hebrew is Kuwn, to set up, make provison, make ready, direct?
Most of the time when I read, "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans." (16:3) and "In their hearts human beings plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps." (16:9) I think, you can do whatever you want, but really it wont matter, the Lord is going to do what He wants. But that is not what Scripture says.
It says, Commit, let go of control as a bouncing rock down a mountain, be all in, fully trust the Lord with the plans you've made for His glory. And the Lord will set you up, direct, make provision to come through and show off.
Make plans to do big things for God and He will come through. I know what that looks like in the orange field. I love that about the orange field. I know what it looks like to make big plans and see God show up. I know less about the pink field. The unknown, but beautiful pink field. The pink field priority is being a mom, raising up godly kids who live intentionally for the mission Jesus gave them for His glory. That is a faith step that will take a very long time. So I also need small faith steps to keep me focused on the mission so I don't get sucked into making my kids my purpose instead of God. I need a plan for small steps.
So God has not only revealed Himself as a gentle Leader by taking me by the hand and leading me to gaze at a new field, He also revealed Himself as the head Strategist, coaxing me to make a plan to commit to Him so He can come through and show off.
Today is my first Reflection SONday link up. As a step of faith toward the pink field, I am excited to read how God has revealed His heart/character to you this week. You can share how He came through for you when you took a step of faith, how He answered a prayer, what He showed you through His Word about Himself, or how He gave a glimpse of Himself through His creation. In your post please include my button (or link to me) so others can see and
proclaim the glory of God with us.
"Proclaim his glory to the nations, his mighty deeds to all peoples." 1 Chron. 16:24, Ps 96:3