Today I would normally be writing my Five Minute Friday post, but Lisa-Jo Baker who hosts these weekly flash mob writing parties by providing us a prompt every week will be taking a break until the new year. Which is just as well since I missed my Truth Tuesday post this week, so it’ll be Truth Tuesday on a Friday.
I enjoyed from a recent conference I attended that we all need to grow up into Christ in all things. Ephesians 4:15 says, “But holding to truth in love, we may grow up into Him in all things, who is the Head, Christ.” All things means all things, big and small. There are so many things and matters we deal with in our daily life and all of them are opportunities for us to grow up into Him. Whether it’s big things like where we live or whom we marry to little things like how we drive or what kind of tone we use to speak to our spouse – they are all opportunities for Christ to come in and make His home in our heart. Life is full of these opportunities for Christ to grow in us, but how many of them get wasted because we don’t see them as opportunities?
The Lord gave me a very practical experience of this on Tuesday. That night we had our very first overnight guest at our new place; a friend of Larry’s was in town for business and asked if he could stay with us for a night. We were very happy to receive him and prepared CC’s bed for him and moved the two kids to our room for the night. CC slept on the bed with us and Turner was asleep in his tent. (We have a Kidco Peapod tent for traveling, but since the summer Turner has been sleeping in it at home and refuses to go back to his crib). Turner is normally a stellar sleeper, but for some reason on this particular night he woke up crying twice and I had to hold him to get him to go back to sleep. The second time he woke up was at 2:30 in the morning and he didn’t go back to sleep until 5:30 in the morning. He was wide awake and as long as I was holding him he would stay quiet, but he would not go back to sleep. I’m convinced that someone must have slipped him some espresso beans that day when I wasn’t looking.
So as I sat in the glider holding him at what must have been 3 in the morning, the Lord reminded me that this was an opportunity. I could either sit there tired and frustrated, or I could allow Christ to come in and be my person. The Lord spoke to me, “Since you’re awake and can’t do anything else, why don’t you use this time to pray?” So that’s what I did, I prayed while I rocked and rocked while I prayed. I prayed for people, situations, whatever the Lord brought to my mind. In that time of prayer I think I grew up into Him a little bit more. Of course I know I’m far from being full grown because I couldn’t keep that up for more than an hour before I woke Larry up to take over.
Don’t miss the opportunities. Everything is ordered by our Father’s hand, including insomniac babies who keep you up all night. Everything’s the best that it could be, so let’s gain Christ!