First love

July 7, 2020

Scripture Readings

Sometimes God speaks to me in life’s big moments, and sometimes on an ordinary Friday afternoon. Several years ago, I had made my schedule quite full, frequently travelling for work and keeping myself busy at home. During that season, I would cut my quiet time with God short, so I could get on with my tasks. Like other times in my life, God spoke to me in repetition to get my attention. 

That year, a friend gave me an early birthday gift, a framed piece displaying the verse from Psalm 46, “Be still, and know that I am God.’’ I loved it and had placed it on my mantle. Several weeks later, I asked my sister to create a piece of calligraphy for me. I told her to write whatever she liked. It took me by surprise when days later she handed me the purple and gold artwork reading “Be Still..”. I remember thinking, “What a coincidence, she chose the same passage!” One month later, arriving at our church’s young adult retreat, I couldn’t help but pause and be in awe of what the sign read: ‘Welcome to Camp Stillwood - Be still and know that I am God.’ That third time, I finally heard what God was saying to me.

Like King Solomon pens in Proverbs 16:25, “There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.” I thought it had seemed right, filling my time with my ministry at work and in various ministries at church; yet I had forgotten my first love.

I am thankful God is not limited in his resources to get our attention. He used those resources for Paul in Acts 26:13-14, “I saw a light from heaven, brighter than the sun, shining around me and those who journeyed with me. And when we all had fallen to the ground, I heard a voice speaking to me.”  

The last reading for today, 2 Kings 15:12, says it so simply, “So the word of the Lord spoken to Jehu was fulfilled ...” Ultimately, God’s plan will be done, and I am thankful he invites us alongside for the journey.  

Stephanie McDonald

Foothills Family IW who loves being a new Mom!