Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sometimes There Just Isn't Balance

Between listening to a certain podcast and reading a blog and watching a Christian video segment – several things came to my mind regarding the subject of our lives, trying to maintain balance, and our dreams.

The more I hear leaders speak on this subject and the more I have my own personal experiences in life, the more I’m starting to think that we have it all wrong.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think most people try to pursue their dreams in life. Most people try to maintain a sense of balance in their lives. But what if those things shouldn’t be our focus at all? What if God doesn’t want us to stay in balance? And what if our dreams aren’t HIS dreams for us?

If it’s one thing I’ve learned, I’ve learned that my God is creative. He is so awesome. He loves to catch me by surprise and throw a curveball at me. It’s how He gets my attention. I think God is exceptionally gifted with tipping me off-balance. I think He works best with people when they don’t feel like they have control of their lives because it is then, that we seem to look for something deeper and something more meaningful! It is then, that we often look to God Himself and we open ourselves up to the impossible. We let Him show us that we can truly attempt the wacky, the “out there” and the far-reaching things. Something we never would have considered had we been going on our merry little way, juggling all the balls in our life with great finesse and aptitude!

I think God is the ultimate dreamer. I think He has the most adventurous and elaborate plans for us – things we’d never attempt or begin to dream on our own.

I think if we can begin to understand that we can’t control our lives, we then begin to open ourselves to the possibility of God reaching us with His ideas for us. Sometimes that can be scary – especially for those of us who are control freaks! But it really is freeing because it takes the responsibility off of our own shoulders and places it on God’s…where it really belongs in the first place.

We need to get to a place where we can welcome interruption. Interruption in our day, in our week, in our life, and yes, in our plans. We need to be able to let the laundry go, let the planned “quiet time” go and see what God has in mind for us instead because so often He comes to us in the thing we least expected. I believe God wants us to care for our families, but I really don’t believe that He puts great importance on the laundry, the dishes, or the dusting. It’s the heart of who we are and what we are doing for our family that matters the most. So if He brings something along and those things don’t get done…so be it! Focus on what He has called you to do instead. That may be to help a friend, devote extra time to your children, or get involved in a ministry that calls you away from home more often. Sometimes there just isn’t balance. But there’s God in the midst of our life.

So, I’m learning not to “freak out” when a cyclone comes into my home and life and stirs everything up. I’m learning that oftentimes, there are lessons and growth to be learned through those times and that God can be throwing me off-balance so that I don’t get so smooth doing things on my own that I don’t need Him or desire Him anymore.

Balance can be beneficial in our lives. Dreams can give us purpose. But hold them with open hands because God may want to stir the pot and change things up a bit. God may want to tip that scale and let us feel off-balance so that He can take us on a better ride than the one we’d planned. And it will be the ride of a lifetime.


Zhanna said...

This really puts things in clearer perspective. As a mom, I'm always desiring order, where things go according to plan, where things get done at a specific time and this week nothing was going the way I wanted it to because the kids were constantly trying to get my attention, wanting to sit on my lap and play with me, (and they usually arent like that, they usually let me get things done). So it felt like a tug of war this week with trying to do all that I usually do during the week. I failed to see that God wanted me to forget my usual plans and spend a bit more time with my children. Thanks for such a great message. I feel like it was written for me specifically :)

Dionna said...

Zhanna -
I am so glad that you got something out of this post and that you feel God spoke to you personally.

Lee said...

I love it when you write that God "has the most adventurous and elaborate plans for us – things we’d never attempt or begin to dream on our own."

Reading these words gives me encouragement as I take baby steps in writing my first blog.

Thank you.

Dionna said...

I'm glad you felt some encouragement from this post, Lee. Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope to see you around this blog again! :)