When You're Tired of Spinning Your Wheels.

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We have had a string of winter storms this February. I've experienced the frustration more than once of sitting in the van going nowhere. The wheels are spinning but nothing is happening. It is such a pointless activity. Lately my spiritual life has felt a little bit like that. I'm thinking, pondering, questioning, wishing, desiring and planning, but there is nothing to show for it. I'm just spinning my wheels.

I want to grow in my faith so I listen to messages and ask people about books I could read.

I want to serve, so I look at what others are doing and I wish there was some big project for me to do too.

I want to love the Lord more so I wonder about Bible studies that might help me really get going.

Lots of wheel spinning, not a lot of forward momentum.

And I find that I am just tired. I'm tired of all this hoping and wondering and striving for growth. I'm tired of waiting to really get going.

Into this weariness has come a soft, familiar voice. Just a breath really. Just an idea that I know wasn't my own.

"Just Be" -- the idea lingers there, hanging in my mind.

"Just Be? What does that mean?"

But I know what it means, I'm just not very good at it.

I stop spinning my wheels and I sit still and examine this idea.

Just Be

I've been thinking so hard about how to be a Christian and wondering what that really looks like and how to apply my Christian faith that I have completely missed the obvious. If I want to look like a Christian to those around me I just need to BE a Christian. It isn't about analysis, study, planning and contriving situations. It is just about BEING. When a smile is needed, smile, when a kind word is in order, speak it, when a helping hand is required, lend a hand. It's all about living what I believe.

If I want to love the Lord more, it isn't about reading and studying and philosophizing.

It's just loving more.

It's about quietly and consciously placing my affections on the Lord, not on the things that clamour for attention and devotion - empty things that steal my joy and take the place of the Lord in my life.

It Isn't Complicated

I've been making something complicated that really isn't meant to be complicated. I've been wanting to grow in my faith and do something for the Lord. I've been asking for a ministry of some sort or an opportunity to serve and His answer is this:

"Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." John 4:35


Cleaning supplies and an EMPTY clothes hamper!
Cleaning supplies and an EMPTY clothes hamper! | Source

An Object Lesson

Today I got so much done. I won't even list all the things that I accomplished in my house today because it might make you jealous. I will however, share with you the secret to my success.

Today I did my work.

That is the secret to getting a lot done.

Just do your work.

I didn't talk about the work, I didn't research methods, I didn't sit around grumbling first, I didn't wish for different work or wait for someone else to come along and do this work for me. I just put on my rubber gloves, grabbed a rag and a bucket and wherever I saw work to do, I did it.

Down on my knees, scrubbing the floor it occurred to me that this is exactly what I am longing for in my walk with Christ. Day after day of just getting up and doing what needs to be done.

He says: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength [and] Love your neighbour as yourself. Mark 12:30, 31

Good. Let me do that.

Will I get side tracked and distracted sometimes? Yes.

Might I become confused and wonder how, when and what? Yes.

However, I don't have to continue in that way. I can be reminded to stay on task. I can move ahead choice by choice - living out my faith.

Moment by moment. Listening, watching, doing, just BEING a follower of Christ.


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Karen Hellier 3 years ago from Georgia

Very good hub, and so heartfelt. I can relate to the spinning the wheels, in my spiritual life as well as other parts! Voted up and useful!


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drmiddlebrook 3 years ago from Texas, USA

Voted up, useful, awesome, and beautiful. You touched my heart with this one beverlyfaye. You've simplified what we need to be focused on as Christians. And that is being Christian in our thoughts, words, and deeds. Well stated, insightful, and lovingly crafted.


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beverlyfaye 3 years ago Author

Thank you for your comments. May we experience joy in our walk with the Lord as moment by moment we simply follow Him - being Christ-followers.


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teacherjoe52 3 years ago

Good morning beverly.

Yes it is a minute by minute walk with Christ that will last to eternity and yes it is so easy to get distracted, especially during prayer time.

God bless you.


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Judicastro 3 years ago from birmingham, Alabama

Hi Beverly

I stumbled onto your thoughtful and well written hub this morning and it truly blessed me. I am a mother of 4 grown children and I could so remember in my earlier years so yearning for more.....knowing that there truly was more in God but struggled to get there. I had a huge vision in my heart but no idea how to get there. Through years of wilderness wondering and wondering God began to form in me a stillness that is surrounded by great peace followed by a knowing. Though those years were difficult, on this side of them I wouldn't trade them.

Press on dear Sister

Judi


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beverlyfaye 3 years ago Author

Dear Judi,

Thanks for your comment. It can feel like a long time when we are wanting something more, but I am finding that there is wonderful peace in living for the Lord moment by moment and day by day and He certainly brings opportunities my way if I have the eyes to see and the willingness to serve.

Thanks for reading.

Blessings to you.

Beverly


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lab143 3 years ago

Beverly~I too am a stay at home Mom and can very much relate to this. There is a yearning for more, but He is just waiting to bless me right where I'm at. I'm so glad I came upon your hub. It has truly inspired me to cease striving and just be. Also, it has motivated me to tackle what He has placed before me! Thanks so much for sharing this!


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beverlyfaye 3 years ago Author

Thanks for reading lab143. May you blessed as you seek to serve the Lord in the 'here and the now'.


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Beautiful thoughts. Have been there myself at times. I do love bible study though, it does so much for me but as is true for most of us it seems to take a back seat. ^ up


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lifegate 3 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

Hi beverlyfaye,

This truly is a powerful read. So simple, yet so difficult at times. Thanks for pointing us in the right direction. Oh, and I love the picture of the winter scenery.


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beverlyfaye 3 years ago Author

Thanks for your comments. Keep walking with Christ - step by step - moment by moment.


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skye2day 3 years ago from Rocky Mountains

Beverly Fantastic. Sister I can so relate. Grace is on us and our Lord does not require we earn our way. It has been paid for. I know what you mean about needing to be with Him. Needing to go for it at something. Wanting to but not being there. This too shall pass. We got to get up get going and trust. The enemy wants us to focus on what we have not done. We just need to thank God for what He has already done. He has made our payment. We are soul winners.

I love this read Beverly. I am sharing across the board. Many feel this way. It is important to know we are OK. God is with us. He will not give us more than we can bare. He promises. He will get us to our feet. Just hold His hand and get on up. Thank You. May His favor continue to shine on you each day precious woman. Please do come for a visit. My Love, Skye

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