If everybody would just do things my way, life would be perfect. Right? Itâ€™s my way or the highwayâ€“or so I thought. I get stuff done in my time, my way, and with my best interest by figuring out just when is my time when now doesnâ€™t seem to be working; what is my way when all paths seem foggy; and what is my best interest when I canâ€™t see the future.
With all the clamor, noise, and jockeying for stuff, I easily lose my bearings. The center of who I am and the focus of what Iâ€™m about becomes distorted. Discouragement lurks in the shadows to claim all that I am. When things arenâ€™t working out my way or in my time or even in my best interests, maybe Iâ€™ve lost the meaning of the word â€śmyâ€ť and to whom it refers.
In Old Testament times, Moses experienced times like these and God sent him into the wilderness to be with the sheep. The clamor of Egypt, gone. The noise of people, diminished. The stuff related to position, eradicated. One day Moses went even further into the wilderness. â€śHe led the flock far into the wildernessâ€ť (Ex. 3:1). Silence. Hoof step. Occasional bleat. His mind quiet, focused on one thingâ€”find grazing land.
In the quietness, God called. Maybe Mosesâ€™ thoughts werenâ€™t as stilled as they needed to be. God used a spectacular display to catch his attention and speak to himâ€”a burning bush that wouldnâ€™t burn up. In amazement, Moses heard God say what his time, his way, and his best interest was. It wasnâ€™t about Moses at all. It was about Godâ€™s plan, Godâ€™s time, way and glory.
How often I get wrapped up in thinking my life is about me. Like Moses, if I take time to quiet myself in the presence of God, I learn his plan, his way, and his time. Itâ€™s then that I can sync my life with his grand purpose for me, for others, and for Godâ€™s glory.
The word â€śmyâ€ť refers to God, not me. He knows better than I about time, ways, and whatâ€™s best.
Now, where can I find some quiet sheep-grazing land?
Bio: Robin Bryce is a speaker and author. She founded iGETitLIFE to inspire, empower, and challenge people to grow close to God and develop into the creation God intended. In her twenty-five plus years of ministry, she has held many positions from a spiritual emphasis director, ministry leader, womenâ€™s ministry developer, church leadership trainer, and event speaker to a weekly Bible teacher and pastorâ€™s wife. She develops events and programs with humor, wisdom and insight for various venues including businesses, communities and churches. Robin inspires growth and encouragement for leaders, couples and women with her conversational, down-home style. Robin developed the iGETitLIFE Capture Me! programs for small churches and communities that they might have a quality event on their home turf. She is a favorite for business seminars, training events, conferences, church leadership conferences, womenâ€™s events, ministry wives seminars, marriage conferences, MOPS, and home school workshops. Her appearances include a Blog Talk Radio Interview, a feature in the Community News local newspaper, and a Caribbean cruise where among other topics, she and her pastor-husband presented a humorous message on marriage.