Thoughts

Thoughts

May 21, 2014

Time, from the beginning
Filling the moments and days
I have a lifetime before me
And I will take the time that remains
And I will praise the God of all the ages
For giving the meaning to life
And by God’s grace, my moment in history
Will help to build the kingdom of Christ

And I’m having the time of my life
Making the most of every moment
Knowing the future lies before me
Living today to give God glory
And I’m having the time of my life
Knowing my times are in His hands
And with the saints who’ve gone before me
On His word I stand

For from Him, and through Him
And to Him, are all things
To Him be the glory forever and ever
For from Him, and through Him
And to Him, are all things
To Him be the glory forever
Amen, Amen

It’s a ten minute commute to my work. Sometimes when I have an early shift I just sit quietly and drive, savoring the stillness and fresh beauty of the morning. Sometimes I turn up the radio really loud, crank down my windows, and sing. And sometimes, I pop in a CD and listen to the music. I remember very clearly a few weeks ago listening to this song above by Judy Rogers. It almost brought me to tears because it summed up perfectly what I have been pondering lately.

This past season has been one of great blessing, but also challenges. I’ve been humbled and brought to the realization of how very far I have yet to grow and to learn. Many times I have failed to be the daughter at home that I want to be. I’ve let trivial things take priority over precious time and communion with the Lord. I have worried over the future and whether I’ll get into nursing school and where that road will take me. At the core, I am far too centered on myself.

For me it’s a continual, humbling realization that my life isn’t about me. Not in the least. It’s about our awesome God. It’s about the marvelous things He has done. Through and through, it’s about Him. When I attempt to comprehend of the vastness of who God is, my mind is boggled. That the mighty One who set the universe in motion would be interested in me and even want to have a personal relationship with me is almost unthinkable. It’s almost too good to be true. I’ve most certainly done nothing to deserve His wondrous love! He has made me, given me all I have, and is writing my story. He has been so patient and gentle with me. He has loved me when I am so un-lovable. His tenderness has melted my cold, stony heart. His love has faithfully surrounded me, bringing peace to my dry and weary soul.

I love the last verse to these lyrics because it really draw the focus back to the Lord. By His grace, our lives will be a reflection of His work in us. This makes me ask myself: am I taking the time that remains to help build the kingdom of Christ? Am identifying and acting on the opportunities God has given me to serve and minister? I pray for the grace to take my eyes off of myself and seek His will with a passion. Only there we will find true contentment and joy.

My heart is full and I wish I could write more, but I don’t know exactly how to put it into words. :) I hope, though, that you might be able to unscramble a few of my scrambled thoughts and be encouraged by Judy’s song as I was. More importantly, it’s my prayer that God will meet you wherever you are today and overwhelm you with His love. May He fill you to overflowing and may you find lasting joy in His presence.

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    Kaitlyn

    May 21, 2014

    Oh, thank you for sharing this, Brooke! This really encouraged me. Your second paragraph there, when you were talking about how much you have to learn, really described how my life has been lately. So this was encouragement to me to read your post today! Thanks for sharing what the Lord laid on your heart! Thank you for joyfully serving Him! Love you!
    Kaitlyn~

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    Mattea

    May 22, 2014

    Brooke, this is a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us! Our God is truly an awesome God, worthy of all our praise and worship.

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