Do you ever feel yourself craving the air of a new season? Not just the leaves changing from vibrant green to rich auburn, or the crisp caress of cool fall nights, but the shift of life events, a new journey, a fresh start. Sometimes my heart focuses on an event, a project, or a goal just because I’m craving the “next thing”.
Resting during a season of what we feel is stagnant consistency in our lives is especially hard in our generation of instant gratification. In a world where spontaneity is idolized, adventure is glorified and wandering is the norm, we are led to develop the mentality that consistency is mundane – which results in unsettled hearts chasing after instability, transience, and inconsistency.
I’ve found myself chasing the wind this past week. And I called myself out. Because the Bible says I serve a God who is consistent, constant, and never-changing. So why does my heart remain restless, and how do I focus my attention away from the fleeting wind and onto our constant and steady God?
He has been impressing up on my heart three things lately: Service, worship, and obedience. Because serving fills my heart and focuses my mind on the things that matter most. It gives me a kingdom lens to see my life through, a lens that’s different than living a self-centered, all-about-me life. And it’s so refreshing. There are always ways to serve right where you are, whether you’re in a stagnant or wildly changing environment.
And guess what?
Serving is an act of worship. Worship isn’t just singing songs before you listen to a sermon on Sunday. Worship, as described by Rick Warren, is a lifestyle. We are worshiping the Lord by how we live – whether we’re washing dishes, mopping the floor, leading a meeting, or filing papers – it doesn’t matter. It’s all seen as worship. Because God is watching us always – our character, our actions, our thoughts – and when we are living for Him, we are worshiping Him well. And he is pleased.
And then you have the nights like I had the other night. The kind where you are digging your heels into the ground because you are just not in the “mood” for church. You have a bad attitude and you don’t really feel like singing, or sitting through a church service, or seeing anyone you know.
But you know what?
When we are serving others and living like Christ through our lifestyles – we are serving and worshiping the Lord. Which leads us to obedience. We must be obedient to worship and live a lifestyle that is pleasing to Him. So that means, even if I’ve had a bad day, and my heart isn’t right, and my attitude is sour, I need to fight that fleshly desire to mope and pout, and I must instead sing for the Lord. Because worship is for Him, not for me.
It’s for His glory.
So when my restless heart aches for change, for a new adventure, for spontaneity and fun (which are not all bad, but they create a difficult heartache to cure), I can serve well, live my daily life as worship for Him, and obediently continue on the path he has for me as my heart rests in His unchanging glory. And then one day, I’ll wake up and realize I’m on the cusp of the seasons changing.