Ask, Seek, Knock
For me, “believing” did not happen overnight – it happened over time. Just a few years ago, I began to read, to study, to ask, to seek, to knock. Sometimes I feel like I need to complete some tasks on my “to do” list to make progress. Sometimes when doing gets tiresome, I feel like all I can do is pray for guidance and listen for answers. Listening can be the tricky part for me.
Have you ever sent up a prayer and then just moved on? I do it often. I have lots of requests for God, but then often I forget to linger long enough to give Him an opportunity to answer me in some way. I just move along with my day and essentially block God out. I don’t always get answers when I ask and seek, but sometimes answers come in massive message form.
It’s crazy really. It’s okay if you don’t believe me because it really is hard to believe that at times when I have asked God for a sign he has sent a skywriter (for real!), a billboard (not kidding), a bumper sticker (which could have been missed in a blink) – the list goes on. These stories will show up in future blogs. You can read them and decide for yourself what you believe. For me, the evidence is so alive that I cannot deny that they are answers to my prayers, to “my ask.”
I have been asking for affirmation about sharing this YPM message with the world in larger form. So here I am writing this blog, creating message Jewelry for YOU to wear, share and embrace, and teaching workshops every chance I get. In reflection, all signs have positively led me to this moment. Along the way, my sense of urgency to share this YOUR PATH MATTERS message sometimes translated into doubt because I wondered if I was “doing enough or moving fast enough or even on the right path at all.”
My heart can sometimes make too much room for the fearful questions of “not enough.” Sometimes my desire to complete the vision even led me to expensive or significant time delay detours. I have felt “ready” for years to share this message, God’s love, and my struggles (oddly enough) in hopes to help others. Even though I am learning that it is up to me to pause long enough on my path to Ask, Seek, Knock and listen. I am also realizing that I will never have all the answers or “enough” information.
So, NOW is the time for COURAGE and ACTION. I am grateful for this opportunity to share.
Donald Miller, in Blue like Jazz, says that “…sometimes you have to watch somebody love something before you can love it yourself (like Jazz or God). It is as if they are showing you the way.”
Believing in something can be sparked by a feeling but then it is up to us to decide whether or not to embrace that feeling as a value in our own life.
So here I am today sharing the YOUR PATH MATTERS in what I trust is God’s perfect timing for you to have discovered this site, these words, this message. Can you trace any of the steps on your path that brought you here today? Was it whim or perhaps purpose? You get to decide….YOUR PATH MATTERS.
Matt. 7:7 – “Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and the door will be opened to you.”