Thursday, November 1, 2012

31 Days of Inviting the Uninvited: Old Shoes and The House He's Building

God, I know you have me on an adventure, and it's good. I can take a step back and look at the big picture, I can see that you have a purpose inside every journey and that my steps are planned by you.

It is exciting to think about all the uncharted waters yet to come, those places I often consider uninvited from the start but you are teaching me to look with a wider lens.

As we move from October to November, I can't help but think about transitions. Some transitions in our lives can be fast, but often they are slow for us when we are moving out of one season and into another, or preparing for another. To notice the subtle changes happening around us or in us during these times can be hard. It's not without the Lord doing something in my heart that I become amazed again at the bigger story at play. His story. Knowing my story is part of His.

I pray, friends, that you can see the story in your own lives as it unfolds, too.
I pray all different uninviteds are ushered in: joy, trials that give birth to hope, laughter, friendship and community, new experiences and places you might never have thought to go.

I pray a kicking off of any "old shoes" you've been walking in and rest for the tired feet.

As gifted singer/songwriter Audrey Assad says during this live performance of "The House You're Building, "God chooses us before we're perfect...He picks the broken stones to build the house with."

God knows what He's doing with what He's building.

"If God is sovereign, then he is in control of all the details of my life. If he is loving, then he is going to be shaping the details of my life for my good. If he is all-wise, then he's not going to do everything I want because I don't know what I need. If he is patient, then he is going to take time to do all of this. When we put all of these things together - God's sovereignty, love, wisdom, and patience - we have a divine story."
-excerpt from "A Praying Life"

This is the last day in the series, yet I have not "arrived" with the uninvited. It's been a learning experience to write about it for (close to) 31 days. Still, the uninvited can be hard for me. I need to remind myself that sometimes the uninvited is there to remind me what I place my trust in; where is my identity? God truly is a shelter for every "misfit soul." And for everytime that something or even me does not feel like it "fits" into the organized box I'd like to place it in, I am reminded there is always a place for me in front of God, who knows exactly what He is doing and is "the solid rock we are built on."

*Catch the posts you missed from the 31 Nearly 31 Day series here.

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