Saturday, 19 February 2011

Too busy not to!

My study leave begins on Thursday. There simply aren't enough hours between now and then to do all that must be done before I leave - preaching, praying, teaching, praying, cooking, praying, shopping, praying, packing, praying.... At times like these it is so important that prayer doesn't get squeezed out of the picture.
As well as being built up by spending time with God, I have also been conscious this week of being emptied - not because God isn't interested in all the frenetic activity but because God is skilled at creating space within us to take on more and, in the silence and stillness, God speaks and directs and achieves what, in the whirlwind, seems impossible.
It's a relief to know that God doesn't require us to retreat before we can be refueled (though I LOVE retreats) but that God is also skilled at taking our overstuffed lives and pouring grace in to settle in all the nooks and crannies.
The image in my head this morning is of an over full suitcase (not that I've even started packing yet) that God will skilfully rearrange so that there is still room for what is important.

3 comments:

Songbird said...

Bless you in the busy-ness, can't wait to meet you.

Mason said...

Good afternoon Liz,

I work with Zondervan and wanted to inquire about the potential for you to host a book review / giveaway.

The book is Half the Church by Carolyn Custis James, and it addresses the Global issues facing women and how the Church can best tackle these challenges.

Right now I'm gauging interest, but if you'd like to hear more details please let me know and we'll work out the logistics.
Thanks for your time!

Mason Slater
Zondervan Academic
newways [at] ymail.com
http://zondervan.typepad.com/koinonia/

liz said...

Mason, Welcome. I would certainly like to hear more. thanks
Liz

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