In my office, I am surrounded by books and ways of communicating (a 64 GB Blackberry Tablet, An Ancient Dell Inspiron 9300 Laptop, a land-line telephone, A Brand New Blackberry Z10 cellphone, a desk to write on, another desk to type at and three chairs – one for me and two for those whom God wants me to communicate with). I walk into this room and sermons are crafted, blogs are written, emails sent and received, lives changed.
In my wood shop, I am surrounded by materials and tools (table saw, joiner, planer, miter saw, myriads of hand tools, sawhorses and a workbench). I walk into this room and furnishings are crafted, broken items repaired, dreams built, lives changed.
In my garden, I am surrounded by soil and plants (cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuce, spinach, basil, oregano, potatoes, carrots, garlic, beans, peas, etc.). I walk into this space and weeds are removed, vines are trellised, Japanese beetles are killed, food is harvested, lives changed.
In my home, I am surrounded by things and life (Ashley – my wife, Rebekah, Joshua, Caleb and Elizabeth – our children, guests, friends, drop-ins in need and Nick – our dog). I walk into this place and love is shared, children disciplined, games played, meals consumed, guests entertained, tears shed, lives changed.
My work spaces. Lives changed when I walk in and abide.
God walks into my life. His office, His shop, His garden, His home. He is surrounded by my thoughts and yearnings (to be what He wants me to be, to be significant, to be rich, to be famous, to be powerful…to be His) He walks into His space and weeds are removed, love is shared, broken items are repaired, sermons preached the first time, my life…changed.
Is God allowed space to work in your life? Are you being changed by Him and changing others for Him?
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” (Psalms 139: 23-24 NIV)