A Softer Side… Just thinking about you… February 28, 2012
There’s another side of me that doesn’t often appear when I’m writing. It’s a side mostly reserved for three-dimensional relationships. But, I’m going to attempt to tone down the sass and show you a softer side today.
Though no one believes me, I can be rather reserved. I’m also super sensitive. “Don’t be mean to me,” should be a necklace I wear daily. I’m easily hurt. But, I’d never want less sensitivity because I’d lose vulnerability. I’d be all sass with no heart. So, yes, I’m hurt rather easily but I can tend to others who are hurting rather easily too.
My softer side bears the burden of friends in pain.
My softer side appreciates the vastness of the world in which we live.
And, it’s my softer side that will reach out to someone with a simple,“Hey, I’m thinking about you… I hope all is going well,” because I just think sometimes we all need to hear that.
It’s with my kindest, gentlest voice that I want you to read the rest of this post. No sass here… Pure heart.
As I pondered the various posts I’ve started on the back end of this site, I kept staring at the same words I’ve been uttering since I read them in Deuteronomy 10:21 days ago: He is your praise! He is your God! He did all these tremendous, these staggering things that you saw with your own eyes.
While reading my Bible a few days ago these words poured into my soul and took root. I can’t stop uttering them in everything. I felt them the most on a walk I took Sunday afternoon. The weather was a bit chilly but the sun shone bright against a clear Carolina blue sky.
My parents’ golden retriever is on the injured reserve list so I had to walk alone; super bummer. I love taking her to the lake to just sniff around for whatever dogs sniff. Though I didn’t have her with me I took a lake detour anyway. The water often beckons me regardless of the temperature.
Sitting at the edge of the water looking out at a never-ending sky I realized just how great our God is. He didn’t have to make the world stunning. He didn’t have to give me legs to walk out into it. He didn’t have to give me a passion for water that leads to my own personal peace beyond understanding.
But, He did give me all of it.
As I sat looking out at the water dreaming of flying across the lake on a jet ski and swirling You are my praise! You are my praise over and over through my head, God spoke so clearly to me saying, “Arden, you are my praise too.”
God boasts about me as His creation and as His child. I am His praise too. HOW COOL IS THAT?
He boasts about you too, you know… God wants to be in relationship with each of us. Are you looking for something, anything to fill that hole?
As much as I love a Sunday afternoon walk to the lake that moment doesn’t fill my need for relationship with Him. Talking with Him on my walk, sitting in a grassy knoll with Him, or meditating on Him days after the fact are what deepen my relationship with Him.
But, I had to start somewhere. We all do. Sunday I started with a walk.
God’s thinking about you right now. He’s doing some staggering things in your life waiting on you to see them. He messaging you with a simple, “Hey, I’m thinking about you… I hope all is going well.” Will you be so bold as answer Him?