Coming Back

Yesterday I wrote a post about how I was feeling disconnected from myself and feelingĀ  a little paralyzed as a result. So although I’m never one to “go back” to things (choosing instead to always move forward), I realize that something that has helped me a lot in the past was blogging. Aside from the occasional post about writing, I haven’t been blogging very much, and I think I’d like to get back to it.

Blogging is like art journaling. It’s creativity without pressure. It’s feeling free to let my mind do its thing and not worry about what the result might look like to other people. This blog, right here, is my own little sanctuary of whatever-I-want-ness. Because as much as other people have the right to existence, the right to an opinion, the right to make decisions, so do I. And this is where that has always happened, from when I was seventeen years old. That’s right, y’all, this blog is that old.

And today I need a little bit of me again. So, in the words of Samwise, “Well…I’m back.”

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Mountains and Valleys

mountains and valleys

One of the hardest things about being a Christian is the constant alternation between having amazing times with God and experiencing His presence, and the everyday, mundane realities of life. No matter how clearly I felt His spirit around me, I still have to wash the dishes and do my Greek work. None of that goes away, but sometimes we wish it would so that we could just spend forever in His presence. The solution? We are meant to spend every moment in His presence, but we are meant to be carriers of His presence into the world so that others can also see Him.

God does use manifestations of angels or fire or other things to show non-Christians His power and love, and many have come to Christ because of direct encounters with God. But most of the time, He uses us. We are the salt and the light (Matthew 5:13-16), and His spirit is in us (Acts 2:1-4). In our times with Him, God fills us with His glory and power and authority and love and peace and mercy and grace, not just for ourselves, but so that we can carry His presence to our friends, family, and acquaintances. Think of the peace that often fills you when you speak with another Christian, even for a short time; that is God using that person to give His peace to you. And when we are with non-Christians, He uses us to show them His light, love, power, and grace.

We shouldn’t think of our incredible, breathtaking experiences with God and our daily, “mundane” realities as being separate. God wants to infuse His glory into our daily lives, so that we are drawing on His strength and peace to do even the most base things in our day. Think about it: the areas where you know you are weak, you automatically draw on His strength because you know you can’t do it alone, and God always comes through. What if we also drew on His strength in areas where we are already doing well?

Think of how the fruits of that thing would multiply and of how amazingly His glory would be displayed in our lives if we did this. Give everything to Him, every tiny detail of the day, every dish you have to wash, every assignment you have to do. Let His name be glorified even in the small details of our lives. Let go and watch how He glorifies His name through the things you consider to be boring or pointless. Just try it and see. What do you have to lose?