Resting so that the rest is up to God.
Isaiah 40:28-31: ‘Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’
Yesterday I was interviewed for a global leadership role of an amazing Christian organisation and wow what an experience!
I feel like I gave it my best shot, that I said all that I wanted to say and was able to provide a clear vision and idea of what I would do if given the role. And for those reasons I am very happy with how it went.
I felt a huge sense of peace and joy throughout the interview, praise God! And a massive thanks to those who prayed for me, you are amazing!
So I have done all I can, now it is up to God. Whatever happens, my prayer continues to be that God’s will is done.
Two massive things happened to me through participating in the interview process, the first was God giving me a strong sense of what I am to do with my life, which I shared in my last blog post (to read about this click here) and the second directly relates to the amazing reading from Isaiah above: I realised I work way too hard.
5 weeks ago I finished as CEO of Bible Society New Zealand and my plan is to slow the pace of life down, spend more time relaxing, hanging out with my wife, playing with my kids and exploring ideas and relationships. But what has happened is actually the opposite, I have been extremely busy and I am not to happy about it.
In coming away for this interview I have had a couple of days at the hotel I am staying in to prepare, to rest and so by the time I got to the interview I was my usual self, full of energy, my focus and capacity for thinking was sharp and my responses spot on. And I realise that this is actually what God wants me to be like all the time, this is more of who I am, as opposed to the usual tired me I have become used to.
I need to relax in the evenings, take way more breaks, reduce the number of tasks I am involved in and most importantly, I need to hope in the LORD as it says in the Isaiah reading above. The Hebrew behind the word hope means to wait, to be patient, to take the time out so that God can work. Wow.
Here I am rushing around expecting God to act within my busyness and God is saying to me to slow down, to spend more time waiting, praying, resting so that He can renew my strength. And I have received a taste of this over these past few days, where in the midst of me focusing on fewer things, on slowing down my hectic pace and taking more breaks, I feel renewed and stronger for it and God has blessed me with an amazing sense of what I am to do with my life.
God bless ya,
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Yahweh’s Yarn in a Year : 1 year Bible reading plan
The portion for the next two days is: 1 Cor 13-14
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