Gosh, I just realized that it’s been 5 months since I’ve blogged. So much has happened in those 5 months, but today I just want to talk about one word. Re-center.
Every year I try to come up with one word to focus on. I’ve had a hard time over the past month trying to figure out what my word is going to be. What is it that I really want to focus on in 2018? I’ve tossed around a few different words, but none of them really felt right. Until Tuesday.
Tuesday morning I was sitting in a funeral service. It was unlike any funeral service I’ve ever sat through. One of my dear friends lost her 3 year old son last Friday. No sickness. No accident. He just laid down and went to be with the Lord. Something that no parent ever wants to go through. I just can’t imagine. But they wanted his funeral service to be a celebration of life. Not only his life, but the life that God gives. They wanted God’s glory to be known and shown. And it was. That morning, while I was getting ready for the funeral, my heart felt heavy. Mainly for The Powell family. But also, things were just weighing me down. Things that I thought were important. But as I sat in that funeral service, I felt God telling me that I needed to re-center my heart. And as I felt Him speak that word over me, this picture came to mind.
Have you ever used the GPS on your phone? I’m sure you have. But have you ever noticed the re-center button? It only pops up if you click off of the route, or try to look ahead. The GPS has given you clear directions to your destination, and it plans on getting you there. But so many times, I try to look ahead. I want to see exactly what the route looks like and make sure the GPS is going to get me there. Once I touch the screen and start looking ahead-or to the left or right-the GPS stops giving me directions. It won’t start back until I click the re-center button. When I re-center, the GPS resumes and I’m able to see clear directions.
Does anyone else see the correlation between the GPS on our phones and God’s GPS for our lives? He has a specific destination for us, but He doesn’t want us to see the whole route at one time. However, we’re real quick to click off of the route. To look ahead. To look left or right. To look behind. And when we do, we get distracted. We let those distractions get us off course. We let them make us fearful or hopeless. We try to take over and make our own route. We may even try to take a short cut. And a lot of times that gets us lost. Our hearts become weary and heavy. What do we do when this happens?
When we re-center our hearts, we let God have control. We trust His plan and His timing. We give Him the things that are weighing us down. And we remember what really matters.
I left that funeral service on Tuesday with a fresh perspective. Life is short. It’s too short to let things of this world weigh me down. My destination is Heaven, and the route is set. I just have to trust God with the rest.
your friend on this journey that we call life,