I love music, it really speaks to me. I have these words from the song “Magnify”, written down on a sticky note at my desk to remind me that God is the all being, all-knowing I AM. To ward off the anxiety that creeps in at times, whispering powerfully, “you are not enough”, “why did you do that?”, “what kind of stupid are you?”… I’m sure you can fill in the blanks for the overwhelming lies that the devil is shouting soundlessly, convincing you one letter at a time of who you are not.
These are the words:
Oh God be greater, than the worries in my life
Be stronger, than the weakness in my mind
Be louder, let your Glory come alive
I read this passage in the bible this morning. Mark could have been describing me – where I feel I am at times, and then where I would love to be.
Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.” – Mark 4:18-20
So how can I get there? In a world that encourages bigger, and better, more debt, more busyness, more of everything… except rest. I need to do these two things for a start.
Magnify – no other name
The ONLY name, that means anything in this world, is that of God. There are so many names of God – that all describe who He is. Every morning, when I wake, I reach out for my phone. To see what is happening in my social media world. What meaning does that add to my life? I am magnifying social media – the Facebook’s and instagram’s. And it empties my soul. I know that to fill my soul, I need to focus on the One who made me, who breathed life into me. That can only happen when I keep my eyes on Jesus.
Slow down and Rest
The most difficult thing to do. In a Martha world, where the emphasis is on the doing, rather than the being, this is near on impossible. I recently heard a story of someone who went out into the mission field and was a medical professional. One of the patients had passed away, and the entire village gathered to mourn. They did not offer any help, just stood there and were present. It wasn’t a case of “don’t just stand there, do something”, it was “don’t do something, just stand there”. And it was beautiful. Sometimes, it’s not about doing, but about being. We are human beings. Not human doings – we are made to be.
To be in His presence.
To rest at His feet.
And then be equipped to do His work.
My prayer for you today, is that this has touched you in some small way. That the whispers have been quieted, and your soul restored. I hope this has encouraged you that no one is perfect, but that we can put down the phone. And rather reach for God in the morning.
Slow down, enjoy your day x
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