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Listen Carefully

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I REALLY don’t enjoy long distance driving — as a passenger or the driver. I’ve got this mental block about being in a car for hours on end. There are so many other things I’d rather do. It’s not a fear. It’s just a strong preference and if I can get out of a long car ride, I will. So, you can imagine how displeased I was when chaos hit last Tuesday, as I was driving to Ohio with a friend.

But I did it. Well, we did it. I had an awesome navigator and conversationalist with me. The point is that our seven-hour trip turned into a fourteen-hour fiasco. But we made it to Ohio. Safe and sound. Exhausted to the core.

I also had to drive home on Saturday but it seemed “easy peasy,” after the Tuesday adventure.

Yesterday was a recovery day – a much needed,”be-by-myself-and-be-still’ kind of day after five days of listening, learning, praying and community-building.

I want to tell you that I feel blessed from the top of my head to the tip of my toes.

My heart is full.

Those who hope in me will not be disappointed. Isaiah 49.23

As I spent time with God this morning, I had a strong sense of Him speaking to me.

“Diane, that storm was for you. I know how you feel about driving but I want you to know that I’m with you. All the way. All the time. You did it – you drove fourteen hours through a snow storm and you survived. You did better than that – you rose to the challenge and thrived. You’re going to be making this Beaverton-Ohio journey a few more times so you need to put your big girl pants on and trust me.”

I think it’s partly the “being still” piece that God continues to impress on me in so many loving and creative ways but it’s also about trusting His leading, not my preferences.

His Glory. His purposes. His timing.

I memorized this bible verse many years ago but I particularly enjoy The Message Bible translation.

Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go. He’s the one who will keep you on track.  Proverbs 3. 5,6  The Message







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