Still Smiling

This post is written for Five Minute Friday Link Up. The word for today is “Distant.”

            The bumper sticker caught my eye as I waited impatiently behind the long line of cars. The oppressive heat, my impatience and a stack of work projects created the perfect storm of irritation. I clearly did not represent Christ in that moment. As an author friend of mine likes to say, I was a hot mess.

            The simplicity of the message hit me with a power punch. It read, “If you feel distant from God, guess who moved.” Ouch! Yep. I had moved. My quiet time with God was at a minimum. My schedule was out of control and I knew in an instant where I missed the mark.   

            Simply put, as Christians in the world today, we can’t expect to carry the grace of God if we are empty. What used to be a flow of grace in my life had become a trickle. It was time to get back into God’s Word, hook up to the spiritual IV and restore my relationship with God. I was spiritually dehydrated and distant from God.

            Pastor and author John Stickl writes in Follow the Cloud, “We want God to turn his voice up; he wants us to turn our life down.” Message received, I turned around and headed back and God was still smiling.

5 thoughts on “Still Smiling

  1. Nancy Shelton Anderson July 19, 2019 — 7:52 am

    Loved your message. We are always getting hooked in to the busyness of the day. I love my mornings of quiet solitude reading scripture and devotions……

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  2. I love that quote from John Stickl! It is easy to get caught up in the busyness of life and to allow that to distract us from God.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Lesley. It is so true. I was so moved by his book, Follow the Cloud. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Good stuff. 😉

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  3. Charlotte Saponas July 19, 2019 — 3:45 pm


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