So, I found it strange last week when, suddenly, everything was most definitely out of order.
Normally, on my days off (when the kids are at preschool), I swing by Barnes & Noble for my morning mocha, go upstairs to “my” overstuffed chair, curl up with my laptop for an hour of writing, and then head to the gym for a swim before it’s time to pick the kids up again.
Not this past Thursday. After I dropped off the kids I randomly felt like going straight to the gym. When I hopped in the pool (which was, blissfully, empty), I felt the Holy Spirit nudge me to mix things up a bit.
You see – usually – I warm up with freestyle, work my way into breaststroke, crank out some backstroke, and then warm down with free. Instead, I warmed up with breast stroke, swam far more back stroke than normal, and finished up strong with several laps of freestyle, including my usual warm down.
The result? I felt stronger, and went farther, than I ever do.
Conclusion? Sometimes you have to switch things up to get where you want to be.
My husband and I are moving. We’re uprooting the whole family and changing cities, schools, jobs, everything. Along the way I’ve found myself coming across a lot of “should’s”. When buying a house, one should do this…. When starting a business, one should do that….
The truth? There are no “should’s” when you follow Jesus, save one: when following the Lord, one should seek Him.
“Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and all things will beadded unto you (my paraphrase).”
Every time I start to get scared – thinking we’re doing things the wrong way and it will never work out…or, worse yet, thinking “what will so-and-so think of me when I tell him/her what we do know versus what we don’t know? Will he/she think we’re stupid?”…every time I start to go there, the Lord reminds me of that day in the pool. He reminds me: He’s the One who created all order, and He knows the correct path for this particular journey.
So, we’re a little upside down and inside out right now, and yet, I know we’re exactly where we are supposed to be.
What about you? Do you find it hard to follow in faith when the path doesn’t seem to make sense?