I’m pretty confident I’ve shared with you before how much I like songs…and how easy it has always been for me to sing certain phrases – basically anything with “following God” or “going where He leads”. Those types of songs? They are mine. Roll the windows down, turn the music up, sing it at the top of my lungs, and passionately mean every single word. Because obviously those songs all refer to going overseas. And that my friends is of what I have always been adamantly sure…His calling to go.
Until, He brought us to the States.
And allowed a medical situation to occur.
And then led us to jobs here.
And then gave us peace in purchasing a house here.
And, and, and.
Hmph. So now what? What about those songs that still swirl around in my head, my heart, my soul? I’m forced to take a closer look at the things I’ve been singing. I’ve come face to face with none of those songs actually say “overseas”. Odd.
These songs simply and quite obviously say that it’s about going wherever He leads. That may very well be overseas and it might also be in the hometown where I grew up. Gasp.
A few weeks ago, the worship choir (of which I’m now a part), was singing with the youth choir – one of those favorite songs of mine that I mentioned above; I Will Follow by Chris Tomlin. If you are familiar with the song – it starts out very strongly with “Where You go, I’ll go” – ah yes. My territory. The words that I love so dearly. But even though, I’ve sung this song hundreds of times, I’ve never focused on the next phrase…”where You stay, I’ll stay”. Uh oh. Wait. I had to stop. How many times had I sung those words and apparently never really thought about them? Oh friends, the Lord moved in my heart in huge ways that morning.
Where He stays…I’ll stay. That’s the promise I’m making in those words of that song. He has us staying here. While I’ve been ever grateful, I haven’t quite been ready to “put down roots” so to speak. I haven’t wanted to truly invest in relationships…I mean – I needed to be ready to go whenever He said to – right?!? Right. That is still true – we always (each of us) need to be ready and willing for anything He leads us to.
However, when He has somewhere…when He has led us to a place…and then tells us to stop and stay put…
We are aboslutely called to be fully present. Totally there. To be all in. To stay.
And that means not wasting the time that He has us there – if it’s for one year or fifty – each are equally vital to His kingdom work. Time looking to the past or wondering about the future…that’s not being a good steward of the time He has given. So how can we be fully present in the moments and in the place to which we are called? I think it comes in the answer of counting gifts. Pausing to look for His grace and taking the time to name each one. That type of living helps us to live continually aware of His presence. When we don’t miss a gift, then we won’t miss the opportunities. Those tiny moments that can have eternal value? Those are the ones we miss if we’re too busy looking behind us or straining to see what’s ahead.
Where does the Lord have you right now? Where has He asked you to stay? Are you happy about it? A little less than thrilled? Is it the place you’ve always dreamed or does it look quite the opposite? I’d love to hear from you and where He’s called you to stay!