Whenever I sit down to write a post after a blogging break, it feels like I’m climbing back into a favorite chair. You know, the place you go to with a hot cup of tea and a good book. Yep. I’m there. Exhaling with keys clicking.
But yesterday afternoon I prayed, wondering what in the world I would write about. Because there’s this pressure that whatever I say has to be really good since I’ve had time away to think. Well, not think because our “vacation” included six kids under age eight which isn’t too conducive to quiet reflection. Hence yesterday’s prayer. Then life happened.
My seven-year-old came into the kitchen and asked if kids ever wrote blogs. “Yes. Kids can write blogs. Why? Do you want to start a blog?” She opened her eyes wide, “Could I?!” I told her “yes” and must admit my slight excitement at the thought of my sweet girl wanting to do what mommy does. But while I measured rice and prepared the chicken she decided that she wanted to do it right then. Like…plan and design an entire blog at that very moment.
Her and I have this conversation often. Not about blogging, but about timing.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak.
Portion of Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
Truth is, there’s a time to blog and a time to not. There’s a time to check emails and a time to let them wait. There’s a time to have that big conversation and a time to patiently keep our mouth closed. There’s a time to clean, organize, and launder and a time to sit on the floor and play Hi Ho Cheery-o. The beauty is in knowing what time it is. The beauty is learning to walk in His moment-by-moment plan.
The only way to know His plan for our moment is to know Him. And we get to know Him by spending time with Him. We grow in our intimacy with Him by listening to what He says in His Word and talking to Him about…everything. Everything. We ask what He would have us do rather than hope He blesses what we’ve already chosen.
He has plans for our today. He knows what will bring the greatest blessing, even in our moments.
I told my sweet girl to start praying, and that I would too. And Lord willing, we may venture into her blog plans this afternoon.
Fill me, Lord…
In the day-to-day, how do you keep in line with God’s plans?
Or do you find yourself running ahead of Him at times?
For those memorizing the Sermon on the Mount (How are you?!), here are this week’s verses:
For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.