Yesterday, David talked about the principle of Acknowledge Here, answering the question “Where am I?” Today, we will talk about the second principle, Awareness of There. The question for today is “Where do I want to be?” And, as Ben Snyder pointed out, “not here” is not a helpful answer.
Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)
Where there is no vision, the people perish…
If you long for the greener grass on the other side of the fence, are you able to articulate where exactly that is? Do you have a vision for where you want to go?
I lived in Florida for 17 years. I loved it. When I moved back to Toledo, I was miserable! What had I done!? I gave up all that beautiful warmth and sunshine for the bleh and meh of Northwest Ohio. By February, I was crying on a daily basis. Then, summer came, and guess what? There were no fire ants. I could actually walk barefoot and sit on the ground! You cannot do that in Florida. It was great until fall came around. At that point, I started to dread what was coming until I decided to ask God to change my heart. Instead of bringing a feeling of dread into the winter season, I asked God to give me a better vision of what the winter season could be. I prayed that he would help me see the beauty that is really all around me. I prayed all through the fall as the leaves changed and then fell. As the temperatures dropped, I felt an excitement that I had never felt before, even when I was a kid growing up in Toledo when cold and snow meant fun.
That year, we had record snow falls and record low temperatures. I found some really warm snow pants, and I was out in it every chance I got. I had a blast! It was the best winter I can remember. On the days that I was unable to leave my house because of level 3 snow emergencies, I found joy. I would sit with God, look out my window, and just marvel at his power and beautiful creations.
What had changed? My awareness of “there” changed. I grew in my awareness of the good things God had for me instead of focusing on what I didn’t like about the winter season. First I acknowledge that I struggled in the winter months, and then I created a vision for what winter could be. It could be fun, peaceful and a chance to reflect on God’s beauty. When I trust that God is good and his plans for me are good, I can know that just because it’s (cold) today, doesn’t mean it always has to be that way.
What is the worst part of this season for you?
Do you have a vision beyond your current reality?
Do you have others in your life that can help?
After acknowledging the “here”, pray for God to give you a vision for “there”. Journal some ideas of where you think God might want you to be.
Father, thank you for your amazing love and grace. Thank you for making me aware that your “there” is anywhere because you are always with me. I praise you for leading me to green pastures and ask you to help me be aware of your beautiful creation, no matter where I am. Amen.
This post was written by Kelda Strasbourg. Kelda is a grateful member of the LivingItOut writing team. She has a love for Jesus and desire to help others find that same love. She has her own business and a border collie named Emily.
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