I’m so excited! Today we are launching the first week of our book club. For the next 11 weeks, we will be reading and will be discussing the book Unseen by Sara Hagerty.
Throughout this book, my prayer is that we will all be going on this journey together. In the pages of Unseen, we will be reading and learning the gift of being hidden. Many of us know the struggle well. The word we live in today is all about me, me, me and loves the attention. In reality and truth though, God wants us to pour into Him.
So will you join me? Let’s get started!
I get so excited to see their lives change and how they now can influence others to do the same.
My passion has always been to encourage and equip others to share what Jesus is doing in their lives. But like everyone there has been times when that passion or urgency started dying inside of me. Sure I was attending church, events, sharing the love of Jesus with others but it felt more out of routine than actual passion.
Does that make sense? I hope so. Maybe I should just back up a little. I think we all have felt like this at one time or another. We always have this urge that we need to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel. You see while this is all great we cannot lose sight of the root of our intentions.
Just like Sara in the book I was the same type of girl who wanted to get involved in every activity and event that was ministry minded and was sharing the Gospel with others. I knew that God wanted me to share my faith and experiences with others that sometimes it seemed like I was looking for approval from God.
In other words, I was trying to perform for God. I felt like if there wasn’t a life-changing, soul saving task then He didn’t love me. I thought He would think that I was lazy or not good enough. I kept pushing myself and saying the same things over and over.
Since a young age, I knew the truth but not it was starting to be more routine than passion. I was longing to know God more. I needed to carve out more time with Him. There’s more I need to know then just sharing and being productive for God. My heart needed to know and see Him. Therefore, being hidden wasn’t a bad thing.
When you are faced with a season of waiting and wondering why I want you to let me encourage you right now. These are the times that you need to press into Him. Take out your Bible and read the Words on the page and let them sink into your heart.
“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2
This verse reminds me of two things. One that it doesn’t matter what the world keeps telling us. The only thing that matters is what God tells us. There have been times more then I’d like to admit when the waiting and the circumstances felt unbearable. You see I suffer from chronic Lyme and Bartonella. It makes life super hard. There are times when I need to remind myself that through this pain and suffering God has a purpose. He uses the unwelcomed and unbending hardships to show us that He sees and He knows.
Once I started spending quiet moments with Him my focus shifted. I started seeing and knowing who God was as I read the pages of my Bible and spent time in prayer. It made me long to know Jesus more.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or his stature because I have rejected him. Humans do not see what the Lord sees, for humans see what is visible, but the Lord sees the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7
The words of the Lord in 1 Samuel 16:7 really stuck out to me this week. We don’t see what God sees. We judge outward appearances and what we can see but Jesus sees and wants your heart.
When we hide in Him rather than perform for Him, it takes our focus by shifting our attention from the branches to the roots, from what’s visible in my work to what’s unseen as my life in God.
God wants us! God invites us! God does not banish us!
So what are you waiting for? I encourage you this week to spend some time behind the scenes in prayer and reading the Word.
Discussion Questions: Answer these in the comments, over on social media, share them with a friend, or just keep them to yourself.
- Who is God to me?
- Where have you met God that was in an unusual place?
- Is pouring yourself out for Him alone being enough for you?
Blessings, Grace Mae ❤