Today I am thrilled to have Wanda from The Watered Soul sharing her heart. If you have not yet met Wanda, please make sure to stop by her blog to say hello. She is my featured Inspired Blogger this month, and she is such a blessing!
Lessons for life can come from the most unlikely places. In an attempt to escape the rat-race of life and pry myself away from all of the expected to-do’s of work, off I went in search of solace. I knew just the perfect spot that offered water as far as the eye could see and peaceful quiet away from my normal routine. A forty-five minute drive and short walk through the woods brought me to the place I remembered from a few years ago. It was just like I remembered–a beautiful view surrounded by nature. It was among the lush greens, beautiful blue water, and the canopy of clear skies that I fully expected to hear God speak.
I don’t know about you, but some days I cannot hear Him in the ho-hum of daily life. Not to say that He is not speaking but rather I am not tuned into His frequency. The volume of work, relationships, blogging, and social media all take on a louder voice than they should. And it’s in those moments that I must take a break and get back to a place of quietness.
As I sat quietly enjoying the breeze and allowing the internal discourse to be quieted by the splashing of the lake’s waves, a butterfly commanded my attention. Beautifully arrayed in yellow, it fluttered about not being hampered at all by the pretty burnt orange colored butterfly, which fluttered across the landscape nearby. Out just a little farther, a bird flew. Each one flying within the same scenic view. Adorned differently but all three were using their innate ability.
Unhindered and uninhibited, they use their wings to do the exact same thing….FLY.
The great spark of inspiration and the profound insight I sought that afternoon eluded me or so I thought. However, the lesson I was in need of most was right before my eyes in an ordinary illustrative sermon. God has reminded me time and time again of the simple truths of the birds and butterflies. The birds and butterflies demonstrate the truths I often forget when I am in the throes of living. Perhaps you need to be reminded of them as well.
5 Little Reminders
- Be aware and acknowledge the unique giftedness of others. For most of us, we have no problem seeing the good in others.
- Regardless of how many others are doing the same thing you feel called to do, whether it is blogging, writing, teaching, etc …DO IT ANYWAY. Do not allow that to be an excuse for you to not exercise your own gifts and talents.
- We were made to coexist with others. The world has room enough for each of our unique voices.
- Even though we may have the same abilities, our expression of it is different and we have been called to use it in different areas.
- One person’s expression of a similar gift does not require that you suppress or silence your own.
I don’t share these lessons as one who has mastered them. In fact, they are ones I find myself fighting to hold onto the most. It’s hard not to become distracted and discouraged by the ways I see God using fellow bloggers and expanding their reach. As humans we have the tendency to fall into the comparison trap. Rather than fully appreciating the area God has given us to fly we get caught up in comparing the size of our domain, the number of our followers, and how much higher the next person is flying. But it is in moments like those that I’m taken back to the birds and butterflies at the lake and God quietens this anxious heart of mine. With loving encouragement and grace, He reminds me to simply use the wings he has given me. We all will not pollinate the same fields but the field he has called us to is important just the same.
My prayer for you is that you will soar unhindered and uninhibited into all the places God has called you and that you freely use every gift given you. Many blessings.