(written by: Rachel Pickel)
I feel like God’s trying to tell me something. I have heard the word “intentional” more times than I can count the past few weeks. In places I wouldn’t expect. Such as in fitness class, my instructor said, “don’t just swing your arms, be intentional if you want to see a change.” (To which I respond in my head, “I’m sweaty. I’m here…’nuff said.”) But, deep-down, I know this has been churning in order for me to take notice.
I tend to make things complicated and harder than needed. Some of us (I’m guilty!) judge the success of our day by the number of items checked off our list (so, so guilty!). Once the dust settles and the kids are in bed, by the grace of God I am thankful that I made it through yet another day. Then I begin to prep for tomorrow, making mental notes and writing lists.
Check.Check. AND Check!
After that last miniature sock is folded and a snuggle with the husband, I have to wonder to myself, how intentional was I today with the things that matter most? More aptly, how intentional was I with the people who matter most? Did I stop to capture any moments? Or was it all a blur? Unfortunately, it was a blur. One hot, messy, shuffled, always-late B-L-U-R.
In Green’s Illustrations for Biblical Preaching, it is said,
“Living without God’s plan for our life is like sewing with a needle without thread.”
This illustration pierced through to my core. I sew and sew and sew (check, check, and check), then turn around and find nothing really took shape from my sewing.
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Proverbs 19:21 NIV
Again – our ‘plans’ … but God prevails. How can I make sure what I ‘sew’ is purposeful for the glory of God?
I’ve got a challenge for myself. I hope you’ll join me. Let’s take a moment to quiet our hearts and turn down the noise (easier said than done, I know.).
But find your needle and thread it – begin and end each day with God.
Do so with sewing in mind, like the ancient woven creations displayed in museums across the world, created carefully over many years.
Stitch by stitch, prayerfully.
I bet our own tapestry will take shape and turn into something worthy of display here soon.