Give Me a Part
Fog. No trees. No sky. No birds. Just gray and white blanketing the earth. No sense in sitting outside; nothing to see. Nothing to enjoy, to take in, to wonder at.
I retreat. Head back inside. Inside where there is no wonder. No surprises; just the comfort of the known.
As I sit engaged in my familiar surroundings, I am unaware of the drama that is preparing to unfold right outside the door. Wrapped up in the cozy quilt of my world, I miss what is happening beyond.
Then, something nudges me, prompting me to get out of my easy chair and see. The blanket is being pulled back; revealing the majesty of the mountains. Exposing the creation and the glory it shouts to the Maker. “Come out and watch!” it calls to me. “Be a part of the play as it begins.”
I leave my comfort and step out into the scene. The curtain is still being drawn back and the opening music has struck it’s first cord; birds singing their tune of praise. Crickets narrate the details of the first scene as a crow glides onto the stage.
It is then that I become aware. I have a choice. I can choose to be a spectator; watching His glory or I can be a part of His glory. He has no try-outs; makes no cuts. He gives a “come-all” audtion. The choice is mine. Yes, there will be lines to learn, directions to take, but there is also the glory to partake in. The honor that goes with being a part of His production. I no longer want to sit back in my comfort. Being a spectator of this glory is not enough for me; I want a role. My heart longs to be a part of His story, sharing His heart with the universal audience.
Saying “yes”, I can’t see all that lays ahead; just as the fog continues to cover much of the landscape. But as I begin my role, the fog continues sweeping back and His wonder revealed farther than my eye can see.
Even when I am not in the mountains, my heart and eyes can see and feel it; the peace and quiet they bring. I hope for you, this weekend, whether you are close to mountains or far, far away, I pray that God’s peace and His gentle pulling will be felt in your heart and you will say “yes” to being a part of His glory.
Happy Friday my friend,
P.S. I took this picture this spring in Acadia National Park on a trip with my daughter. Pictures have a way of bringing back very special memories!
Lovely post… you took me there with you. 🙂 I love that picture! I was wondering where you found a visual that is so fitting.
Your post speaks to me where i am, though i don't know how to get involved. I, too, want a part. I just don't know how to reach the audience. I need some coaching, as well, but i am in a place where i have not been able to find a church.
I study on my own, listening to Dr. John Barnett 's sermons – and i've grown in ways that i could never have imagined – but there are no Christian sisters or accountability partners or teammates to spur me on…
I feel like i shouldn't need them, anyway, and that God should be enough – but even He encourages us to have that connection to the body of Christ. I often wonder how Joseph, Daniel & David did it – and i know that it was because they were solid in their walk of faith before they were isolated…
I know that we will or might go through times in our lives that He does want us to walk alone, but it’s been almost 4 years; and i feel that desire, regularly – the need to find a church body here. The question is how??
I live in a country with a polytheistic culture that adds a dash of this or that to every “denomination” and religion. I have not been able to find a church that teaches Truth. The closest that i have found has some issues that i know stem from the culture here.
I have considered trying to talk to the pastor about it – as we are to reflect a heavenly culture – not our physical country’s culture… but who am i to say anything?? I am scared that they will resent or reject what i have to say – i don’t want to discourage them or …me, i guess.
You know, even in writing this out, i’m sensing that i need to just do it. Perhaps that is why i am here. I have had this on my heart for more than a year – have i been robbing myself and this body of God’s potential blessing? Your prayers for God’s direction & a firm word would be greatly appreciated. 🙂
Truly, my heart's cry is to be around other Christians – i need to be sharpened, and i need some partners to go over lines with me… 😉
For me His Glory today will be witnessing the birth of my grandchild. Early and tiny she may be – His Glory present – Rejoicing as we near the moment of seeing her face to face and know His grace even more:)
Too often I am the spectator and not the participant. It reminds me of this quote from the movie, "You've Got Mail":
"Sometimes I wonder about my life. I lead a small life, well, valuable, but small, and sometimes I wonder, do I do it because I like it, or because I haven't been brave? So much of what I see reminds me of something I've read in a book, when shouldn't it be the other way around."
Lord, You have a part for me in the novel that is my life…please help me embrace the role with wonder, excitement, enthusiasm and awe. Let me step into the pages and live it all well until the "Happily Ever After."
Your words are speaking to my heart today Lynn. Thank you.