Do you ever get the feeling that God is trying to get through to you on something? The last few weeks have been like that for me. Whether its sermons at church, daily light readings, staff reflections… it’s been everywhere, this call to prioritise my relationship with him above everything else.
‘Don’t sweat the small stuff, Claire, that’s not what your life is about.’ (it’s a message for all his children everywhere.) The thing is, it’s the small stuff, the everyday-life stuff of work, of living, of friends and family… it’s that stuff I allow to absorb my attention and energy. You see if I could only get that stuff in order, if I could only manage that stuff and get all my ducks in a row, I would breathe a sigh of relief and feel secure. And as long as that isn’t the case, I worry.
Jesus said, ‘Don’t do that. That’s not what you were created for, your purpose is to be in deep, rich relationship with God. Don’t sweat the small everyday-life stuff, it will fall into place as your walk and connection with the Father grows deeper and effects every area of your life. You’ll know your Father’s Kingdom and his will, because you know him. Precisely because you are in relationship with him, your Father knows your needs. That’s why I said don’t sweat the small stuff; because you weren’t made to sweat the small stuff, you were made to know your Father and enjoy him forever.’
At church yesterday Stuart Glassborow brought the breath-taking invitation we all receive, to know God, to know Holy Spirit. Not to be content with his action in our lives, but to actually know him. It’s that invitation which resonates with the deep yearning in our hearts, we see it in the interactions between God and Moses. Moses, desperately asks God to show him His ways so that he can remain in God’s favour and God’s response is breath-taking; he says, OK I will walk with you. In this we see a dim echo of life in the garden before the fall when God would walk with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day with nothing separating.
The Father has worked an intimate relationship with him into the core of his design of us human beings; it literally is what we were made for. Does my desire, does your desire, match the deep design within us? Will it ever match the desire of the designer himself, I wonder? My hope is that somewhere in Father’s heart he made that possible and my hope too is that I will choose that with all of my heart.
Luke 12v 21+22; Exodus 33v 13+14