Elizabeth Reardon prays about her need to let go of something today in order to receive what God has in store for her.
“I will give them an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh. Then they will follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. They will be my people, and I will be their God.” (Ezekiel 11:19-20, NIV)
What does it mean to have an undivided heart, especially in the fast-paced demanding world that we find ourselves in? To live for God’s purposes and will, in His time and not our own? For we are so accustomed to being self-sufficient and multitasking to achieve all that is on our plates that the idea of an undivided heart might seem inconceivable. Yet, in truth, our search for happiness can only be complete when we desire what God desires for us.
If God is to be our God and we to be truly His people, then we cannot settle for anything less than His dream for each one of us. Likewise, despite what the world suggests, true happiness and perfection isn’t self-achievable. Rather, if we are only perfected through our total surrender of outcome and intention, we must allow God to direct our steps and move our heart for His purpose. We can easily glimpse too that the disposition of our heart and spirit effect not just our own lives, but all we encounter.
What could I let go of today to receive what He has in store for me today? Control, frustration, imperfections, busyness? In Luke (1:26-38) Mary, after initially pondering the angel’s words, gave her complete and full yes to God’s will for her life. She did not know what or how the events to come would unfold, but she trusted that God knew better than she did. Being open to receiving, and then allowing that love to root and grow in our lives, we too can follow Mary’s example of trust, Or we can, as we so often do, give a partial yes and in turn receive only part or even none of God’s gifts for our lives.
Do I dare to surrender all of my life to dream the dream God has for my life and those around me?
Lord, you have called me here to your side to walk with you, to be still with you. You speak to me not to comprehend your love and mystery with my intellect, but to listen with the ears of my heart. Like a child to open myself fully to all of your gifts-created and un-created. To set aside my tendencies to solve or work through the challenges before me. Instead, to come before you with a childlike trust that you will work all things for good. I understand that while you have given me abilities in administration and planning, that you are asking me to set these aside today and simply rest in you. To be present with you-to be attentive to your voice and to value each unhurried moment found in this time of solitude and silence.
Copyright 2022 Elizabeth Reardon
About the Author
Elizabeth Reardon is Director of Parish Ministries and Pastoral Associate for the Collaborative Parishes of Resurrection & St. Paul in Hingham, Massachusetts; a wife and mother of three; certified spiritual director; and writer at TheologyIsAVerb.com. Her writing is an invitation to seek and create space for God in the midst of the busyness of everyday life.