Exploring the Deep

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Where’s Your Focus?

The past two years of my life have been a wonderful journey to better health. It was about this time in 2010 that I began working out with a personal trainer, paying close attention to what I ate, and overall being kinder to my body. I woke up each morning with a focus on how I would be active and what I would consume. If I didn’t answer my phone, it was a safe guess that I was at the gym. If you opened my pantry, you would see it stocked with fresh food and protein-packed snacks. I was on a mission and seeking results. Slowly I began to lose weight; I felt healthier.

It was a lifestyle shift. I had one thing in my focus. My mind was overrun thinking about calories consumed and calories burned. I was a sponge ready to absorb anything related to nutrition. It was nearly all I thought about.

In Ezekiel 11:19-20 it talks about having a heart focused on the Lord. “I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.

When we humble our lives to God’s leading and focus on pursuing the fullness of a life dedicated to Him, God promises to reshape our heart and character. We become God-responsive people – we react quickly and positively. What do you need to set your focus on? Where is your heart divided? What result are you looking to achieve? What could God do through your life if you set aside your dual-vision and allow His leading to be your single focus?

Like my concentration to become a healthier person, I’m training my heart to focus on becoming the woman God wants me to be. I want to a singleness of heart. I want the new spirit and energy He promises. I want to be named among His people.


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Trusting in the One Behind the Wave

It’s a daily task for me to surrender to the ever changing, ever flowing plan of God. He knows the deepest cry of my heart. He knows when the wave is building, pushing from the outer reaches of the ocean, chugging toward the shore. He knows when it’s reaching higher and higher, preparing to crest. He knows when it reaches the peak and begins to push over the top and race toward the Earth again to crash into the shore.

God understands the surge – the powerful times when life seems to build and all is exciting and good and exhilarating and scary at the same time. Times like the past few weeks when I can see marked maturity in my leadership abilities – to ask for and accept help, when God trusts me with specific conversations with individuals, when life’s puzzle pieces begin to fit.

And God understands the crest, the pivotal moment when everything changes to a fast, powerful downward rush – when life seems out of control and you fight to just stay above the water. Times like today when all the recent change and news and busyness suddenly seemed to bring to the front of my vision where I’m at in life and what I feel like I’m missing.

I remind myself that God is in control during both of these situations. He is the power behind the surging water; He is the buoy that keeps us afloat. When life’s circumstances turn from a great build to a great crash, He is there.

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord‘s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” — Lamentations 3:21-24 (NIV)

I’m on a growth curve in my faith. When life’s difficulties surface, it’s easy and it’s habit to pull away and secretly wish that life was different. To wish that I could snap my fingers and find that the situation has changed. To ignore it. To jump to a quick solution that doesn’t have best interests in mind. But that, I’m learning, is when it’s best for me to wait patiently on God and listen to His voice.

When the water is beginning to crash down, I must take a deep breath, relax into the current, and trust in the power of the One behind the wave.