“When I call, give me answers. God, take my side!” Psalm 4.1
Many corporations have a new word to describe when you are ready to make a change, when you formally go from one to position to a more senior position. The new word that describes the changes is a “turn.”
I find each day is a “turn” decision with God. Am I turning, or am I not going to grow more, in the Spirit? As I face this decision each day, actually several times during the day, the question becomes increasingly critical and central.
There are a number of decisions where I had formally given these up to God. I know I can not make this successfully on my own, at least not consistently successfully. I thought my decision to “turn” into God could be one of those, put the burden on Him as it were.
I tried. I begged. I pleaded. Finally, I searched the Bible looking for some ammo so that I could confront God. Pretty brass in retrospect.
My quest for ammo led me to the conclusion that this is the one decision I had to make. I also must remake this decision at least once each day.
Then, when I do make the decision, God’s Spirit is right there. The Spirit brings a sense of peace, of quietness, of assurance, and of turning. Turning is an interesting way of growing. No looking forward to the future, rather looking up or into God. I rest in Him instead of run. My prayers become a state of being instead of isolated acts of doing. My worries because opportunities to exercise faith. My fears become opportunities to trust and walk simple steps together with the Spirit. My failures, ah yes there are so many, because lessons to be gained without guilt.
Life is still a pain. Monday’s infections, Tuesday’s sickness, and Wednesday’s fragility are still present.
So, what is different?
God has answers if I will listen. God is present if I will sense what is real. God is with me if I turn.