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I had watched The King's Speech with Craig earlier and towards the end of the movie, for whatever reason, I was struck by God's glory. I cannot pinpoint anything from the movie that made me feel this way, but somehow, at the end, all I could sense was how majestic and amazing and powerful He is.
Later that night, after I had tucked myself into bed, I untucked myself and fell prostrate before Him. In those moments, I could not fathom how I could have ever even attempted to take any of His glory for myself. I confessed. I surrendered. I laid it all down and asked God to take everything I coveted, every dream I dreamt, every plan that I had laid.
I thought about how Jennie Allen went through a similar process, which she chronicles in her book Anything (for which I will do a formal review when I finish). She talks about how each night, they offered something new to the Lord, starting with their house. I laid there on the floor and offered up every big thing I could imagine.
But today, two days later, I realized that it is the small things, too, that must be laid down. After a frustrating day in which I tried to study, write, and pray during the few hours my children were away from the house, I finally surrendered myself to the vacuum cleaner, and it was there in my bedroom that God spoke over the hum of the machine.
Back and forth, I vacuumed, and I hear:
What if I don't ask you to give up your blog, but your blogging schedule?
What if I don't ask you to give up writing your book, but to stop enforcing timelines upon your husband?
What if I don't ask you to give up running, but to give up racing?
What if I don't ask you to push through, but to rest when you are tired?
What if I don't ask you to halt relationships, but to give up email for a day?
These questions course through my brain. I think about the efforts I go to so to save money at the grocery store. What if God asks me to be frugal, but to stop spending time clipping coupons and budgeting to the last penny? I think about the time I spend reading Christian books. What if He asks me to just focus on the Bible? I think about my desire for my house to be clean. What if instead, He asks me to spend that time creating instead of mopping? Purging instead of just rearranging?
I don't think He's asking me to do all things things right now. But instead, I think He's asking me to consider offering up the small things that I have so readily built into my routine that I don't even think about them being something of great significance.
Considering the small things and how perhaps they are doorways for pride...
Considering the mundane things and how quickly I can forgo being present in the moment...
Considering the routine things and how they can become heavy baggage without my noticing...
I want to be able to offer up these small things just as readily as the big things. In someways, I think it might be harder -- I won't know until I really start the journey. Would you want to come with me, perhaps? Would you ask God what small thing He has been wanting you to surrender? When He answers, would you share with us in the comments?
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