I have spent today resting my body and resting in The Lord. Does it soound silly that I listed both kinds of resting? Well, it’s exactly what I have been doing. The thrift shop has been so busy lately, Praise God, but with busyness sometimes comes exhaustion. I got home yesterday from a weekend sale that we had been running that went really well. The store was hopping, people were in and out, shopping, smiling, visiting. It was really fun. But, once Sunday afternoon closing time came, my adrenaline had plum run out.
I sat down on the couch, looked at Tommy as if to say in my country sort of way, “I’m fin to drop.” He turned on March Madness basketball on the TV and I fell asleep for a nap. Well, today the store was closed and I knew that I not only needed to stay home and rest, I also needed to saturate myself in The Lord. I turned on the Christian TV station as I started cleaning my closet this morning and I just asked God to wash over me with His Word.
I studied today, I prayed, I watched what I was eating today as the busyness of life had stolen my good eating habits for the last few days. I dedicated this day to cleaning my house and cleaning my Temple. Well, just a few minutes ago, I felt God say to me, “Who cut in on you?” I sat down for a second and wrote it in my journal, and I immediately knew what God was talking about. He was talking about my race.
You see, the Apostle Paul talks about our lives as a spiritual race that is to be run. He says that we are to run like we want to win. “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.” 1 Corinthians 9:24. Well, lately, I have to admit, I’ve been running all over the place, but quite honestly, I feel like I’m sprinting but struggling finding the finish line. I feel like I’m running sprints in all different directions. Not bad directions, but lots of directions.
The truth is, I find so much peace at the altar of The Lord. When I spend my days completely plugged into Him I am able to hear His voice so clearly, I can recognize when He downloads to me material for my writing and I can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one with my shield of faith much more quickly. But, when I let the altar on my heart grow dim it takes a lot more than a spark to get it going than it would if I was tending to it continually.
Today I stoked the spiritual fire of my heart and I didn’t let it go out. Fears that had been attempting to steal my joy lately, melted away quickly with the fire of The Word. My body began feeling healthy again as I was able to rest in His presence and receive His healing. I set my mind on things above again and off of all of the negative things that have been trying to rent space in my brain. I renewed my mind all day and I realized the second God spoke that to me and why He did.
You see, when God asked, “who cut in on you?” I knew what He meant. The spirit of busyness cut in, the spirit of distractions cut in, the spirit of fear cut in. These three runners in the race of life (who are dedicted to beating me), have a way of cutting me off and getting me running in wrong directions spiritually sometimes. Oh I am still sprinting, but I find myself on wrong tracks and I seem to rely on defense mechanisms, and old habits to keep in the race. When God has already taught me correct racing procedures, that I simply have dropped along the way.
When these three destructive spirit’s cut in on me I forget to fix my eyes on Jesus the Author and Pioneer or our faith. When these spirit’s cut in on me, I forget to think Heavenly thoughts and not about this fallen world and all that is wrong with it. When these spirit’s cut in on me I forget to run my race, as to get the prize. I forget that the goal is victory, when I’m on the wrong track, I am perfectly happy with the participation ribbon. But, God wants me to be running like I know I am a winner. He wants me running knowing that victory is already mine and I just need to just push my chest out and run through that finish line.
You see, we all are going to finish our race someday and I want to be like the Paul who said in 2 Timothy 4:7, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” I want to fight the good fight of faith with the intention of knocking the enemy out cold. I want to run the race marked out for me unaffected by all of those ugly spirits that try to push me off course and knock me down. I want to stand before my Maker someday ready to receive the victors crown.
Spirit of distraction, you will not cut in on me. Spirit of fear, you will not cut in on me. Spirit of busyness, you will not cut in on me. I will continue to run with my eyes on the prize which is Jesus and I am going to finish my race, and finish well. How about you? Who has cut in on you?