Physical pain is a funny thing
Not funny as in causing laughter, but it is perplexing.
It has a way of taking over my thoughts and actions. Everything I do is now subject to this pain.
I must slow down.
I’m forced to not be hasty or swift but to take it easy. Perhaps this is a message? Am I moving too fast? Am I getting ahead of myself — or worse, am I getting ahead of God?
It’s easy to feel like I’ve heard from God and then to plow forward with my own plans. “Okay Lord, I can take it from here.”
But it’s important to seek after God’s will every day.
Yesterday, I felt the nudging from God to spend time with Him and seek after His will. I listened and I did as He instructed.
But today is a new day. I must seek after God again today. “Lord, what will You have me do today?” And I must listen for Him again tomorrow.
God doesn’t just give me a command and then say, “Off you go to figure out how to do it.” No, He provides everything — what to do and how to do it.
Just as His mercies are new each day, His plan for me is new each day.
I need to focus and listen for Him. Not just once a week on Sunday at church but seek after His voice every day through prayer and Bible reading.
I need to make God my partner, not just my boss. God wants to help direct and guide me.
I need to focus my energies on listening for His voice.
So through this physical pain, I’m reminded that I need to slow down and get back to seeking God’s Word. I need to spend quiet time with Him.
“My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body” (Proverbs 4:20–22).
(excerpt taken from Feed Your Spirit -A Collection of Devotionals on Prayer — Listen Closely)
Kimberley Payne’s writing relates raising a family, pursuing a healthy lifestyle, and everyday experiences to building a relationship with God. Through her work, Kimberley hopes to inspire women to live healthier lives that glorify God.