Act Fast, Think Later

I’m back. I’d like to say I’ve been jetsetting and zipping around the world having amazing adventures, but the truth is life has been spinning me madly about for the last month. Is anyone else there with me?

Routines and schedules all tossed out the window in favor of trying to buy a house south of Seattle in a booming Seattle-ish economy and not nearly enough houses on the market in our price range that don’t need knocked down and re-built and isn’t a short sale. In this last month I have looked at probably close to a dozen homes, put an offer on two and came out the victor on one. Which is fine, one house is all we really need.

I spent a week visiting various favorite locations from the comfort of my couch including the Lakes District of England via the movie Miss Potter, Venezuela via Up and Sherwood Forest via Robin Hood. Wonderland too was in the mix as I gave into the throes of a mid-spring sickness.

On the tail end of my cold–at least I hope it is–I decided it was time to return to the world of blogging. That said, my recent house purchasing excursions has me thinking.

Up here, to buy a house you are required to act fast and think later, which of course goes against every fiber of my being since buying a house is a HUGE thing to do, not to mention a hefty investment.

Today I was wondering about applying this spiritually. Perhaps too often I do just that and end up in a mess,  creating a cyclone of emotional upheaval and sin. Instead, I believe God would have us pray first, act in obedience and praise later.

Obviously life doesn’t always afford us the opportunity to cloister ourselves in and pray in earnest. Many times we have to pray on the fly.

But what if we were so closely walking with God that we could act fast in Christ? How could that transform our lives in specific ways?

Avoid-Dance

Not sure where this one’s going to go. It’s been a frustrating day in many ways and honestly I can’t wait for the magic moment to turn on the tv or crack open a book and leave it all behind. Yet even as I write this, I glance out my window to catch six Canadian geese flying by–a symbol to me of freedom. That is, if I look up.

A big part of what’s going on with me is avoidance. I keep dancing around something God has called me to do because it will be hard and most likely painful at times. But I know too those are the tasks which also bring healing. So the question is, obedience to Adonai or frustration in rebellion and delay? We both know which one will end the angst quicker.

Still I put it off, as if by procrastination the task will simply go away. Meanwhile I swirl around in another emotional eddy.

I was reading this morning about Gideon’s call and how God told him to “‘Go in this might of yours and save Israel from the hand of Midian; do not I send you?'” And Gideon replies with, “‘Please, Lord, how can I save Israel? Behold my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.'” The LORD says  back, “‘But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.'” (Judges 6:14-16, ESV)

Today I have felt the task God has called me to do is pointless. I, like Gideon, feel weak and unable to accomplish God’s greater task. And with the overpowering feelings I’ve experienced today, I see once again how the enemy has bested me with my emotions. Argh, will I ever learn?

What God-given task are you avoiding? Do you identify with Gideon’s reply? In what way does the enemy normally, subtly get the best of you?

A final question:  Would anyone out there like to guest blog on Wednesday?