I worked really hard to get up the hill. Pumping, huffing, standing, sitting, then standing again, I. Was. Going. To. Make. It. To. The. Top.
Nothing would stop me and my bike.
It’s often easy to get on a mission. We want to get somewhere and when we’re really committed, we see it through.
I made it to the top. Then came the decline.
Victory. As I glided down, I kept on peddling hard. Why?
No, really. . . why?
Why did I feed the need to peddle when it was a time to glide?
God says there is a time for everything:
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” Ec. 3:1KJV
There is a season to pump our legs hard; there is a season to glide; there is a season to cry; there is a season to rest; there is a season to give; there is a season to take.
Peaceful living, I am determining, has much to do with knowing the season God has placed you in. You don’t want to be laughing in the midst of your spouse’s grieving.
As I went down the hill, it was representative of a season: to glide. To let go of worries. To trust God with all the stuff I normally do. To hear his voice calling me to ministry outside of the internet. To wonder and awe at him doing really special things alone with me.
To step away from life, demands, blog requirements, and doing stuff as usual, because it’s not God’s heart for today…(noticing is half the battle).
Letting go is the other half. It’s recognizing that our current season doesn’t have to look like our last. In fact, I have to tell you, it shouldn’t. This is my opinion, however. It is my belief that when we push a round peg into a square hole, frustration feels as ever present as a hangnail.
But to move with the grace of God. . . this is like windsurfing in the direction of God’s move. You go with him. You let go of what you think things should be. You enjoy the wind on your face. You feel the moment. You come alive in what he is doing.
What season is God calling you into? What if instead of despising it, you decided to embrace it?
Prayer: God, in your presence there is fullness of joy. Keep me in your presence and peace. Keep me going in the direction you desire for me, and nowhere else. Let me go not according to what I think I should do, but according to what your heart is for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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Felt my heart saying “me too” as you described the need to welcome the season of glide — and to give our tired legs a rest!
Thanks for this, Kelly. I’m notorious for forcing a season to linger longer than it’s meant to, and this only leads to frustration. I needed this reminder that it’s ok to enjoy the gentle glide when the downhill season arises.
I think God’s speaking to me through you today, Kelly. I’d just been thinking maybe it’s time to pare down responsibilities (and writing) so I can enjoy preparing for Christmas and being with my family the next 2 weeks.
I’m looking forward to the gliding stage 🙂 Praying you have a blessed day!
Windsurfing…what a GREAT analogy! Walking in the grace of God truly is like that. I’ve experienced this feeling, as well as the going against the grain- struggling, peddling- when I should be coasting. I’d much rather windsurf. 😉
We do find it hard to “glide” don’t we. Sometimes it makes me feel a little anxious because everything in me feels like I should be doing something! Thanks for reminding us to enjoy the “glide.” Blessings!
Noticing IS half the battle. thanks, Kelly . Reminds me of CS Lewis’ book: Perelandra – we walk on moving islands, confidently because God is moving the islands.
I love seasons! It brings so much peace — when I remember 🙂
This is so true! I am slowly learning to embrace where I am at rather than where I would rather be.
Great post! I love your paragraph that talks about how moving in the direction God directs is like windsurfing. Things do go so much better when we yield to His leading! 🙂
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