Then suddenly, it started coming to me. No really, suddenly. At midnight. I laid in bed with all these things God was giving me. I knew I was never going to remember them, so I hopped out of bed and started rumaging through the dark looking for a pen and paper (I woke Aaron from a dead sleep and he thought I was crazy). I got them written down, laid back down and closed my eyes. But, God wasn't done. So, here at I am at 12:09am writing out this blog post because I feel like I need to put down exactly what God is telling me.
Living Simply are these 6 things in no certain order:
S- See God
I- Invest in Others
M- Make Room for God
P- Pray About Everything
L- Live Limitless
Y- Yoke Yourself with Other Believers
I know it seems kind of crazy that these 6 things can lead to living simply, but I guess God is telling me they can. So, over the next few weeks I'm going to go through each one of them and how they apply to my life and how I feel God is telling me they will help me live more simply. So, no better place to start that right now!
Some of what opened this line of thought was the passage of scripture that was used in a sermon I heard tonight. It's out of 2 Kings 6:15-17...
15 When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked. 16 “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more I than those who are with them.” 17 And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
The servent was afraid. He saw that they were obviously outnumbered and immediately he asked "Oh no! What now?!" and Elisha's answer was pretty simple- Do not be afraid. How many times (even in the last day or week) have I said "Oh no, God, not again". Or "Oh great, God, how are we going to fix this?", Or even,
"God, are you even there?". In the midst of the servents fear, Elisha prayed that God would open his eyes and he would see. And what exactly did he see? He saw horses and chariots of fire. Heck Yes!
I've asked God for a lot of things. I've asked Him for money, I've asked Him for health, I've asked Him for love, I've even asked Him for forgivness. But if I just asked to see Him and see how he's working IN me and FOR me, would I feel the need to basically beg Him for those other things on a daily basis? Maybe what they says is true... Seeing is believing. If I ask to see God, maybe my life would be a little more simple because I would spend less time worrying about what I think God isn't doing and spend more time enjoying what I know He is doing.
Today I'm asking to See God.