Much time has passed since I last posted to my blog. Sometimes I think a healthy break is a good thing. By no means have I ceased with my thoughts on the still moments of life, but I have missed the input from my readers. It is because you read that I write.
I often pause during the day and consider the steps I am taking in life. Not necessarily the physical steps, but the mental and spiritual steps. It is easy to fall into the drone of everyday life and without realizing it days, weeks, and months have passed by. All the while I have missed great opportunities for growth. One thing I know is that I don’t want to stunt myself in the growing process. This week I had one of those moments where a single question by another person led me on a journey of growth.
“What is your favorite hymn?” A question posted by my cousin from across the country. Having grown up in a church that had hymnals in every pew, I still have a great love for these songs of old. While many of our newer songs are songs of worship, these older songs are songs of testimony and prayer. They speak of the lives of people and the faithfulness of God. So what is my favorite hymn? I have a few, but the one that is my prayer AND my testimony is “Be Thou My Vision.” In fact this hymn is so the song of my heart that I used it during a portion of my wedding. “Be thou my vision, oh Lord of my heart, naught be all else to me, save that Thou art…”
A reminder: God, if you are my vision that is all I need. If I know who YOU are and what YOU have done, and I can keep my eyes on that.
A testimony: Putting God first in my life, even when the decisions I made didn’t make sense to those watching, has always turned out to glorify HIM. It is His vision and voice that I want to hear… Nothing else. He has never forgotten me or left my side. He has only gently guided me through my journey.
A prayer: “God, please always be the source of my vision. Let me see life through Your lens alone. I want to love the way You love, and live my life the way You have designed it.”
And so I refocus… and on I grow.
(Note: To listen to my favorite version of this song, copy and paste the following link into your browser. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4FFZ2KEB24 )