Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Steeped In God-Reality

Steep yourself.

Two simple words flitting about my mind this week - much like a buzzing bee that I can't seem to shake.

Steep yourself.

The words came to me first one morning while reading in Luke 12:29-32:

"What I'm trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God's giving. 

People who don't know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how He works. 

Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. 

You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Don't be afraid of missing out. You're my dearest friends! The Father wants to give you the very kingdom itself.


I was rushing about the kitchen this morning, frying burger, packing snacks, calling out instructions to the kids when the words hit me again out of the blue.

Steep yourself.

Steep yourself in God-reality.

To "steep" delivers a picture of teacups and grandmas to my memory.  It was they who seemed willing to take the time for a complete soaking of the tea leaves.  

Never hurrying.  

Knowing that the full flavor comes with time. 

And it was there, in that moment.  Somewhere between emptying the dishwasher and wiping up crumbs that it hit me.

There is a treasure in this for me and I'm anxious to discover it, so to the computer I go.  A quick search tells me that 'steeping' is defined as soaking to soften or cleanse.  It is the process of wetting thoroughly.  To drench. To saturate.  To absorb. To imbue.


I was lost.  I clear the search tab and am soon reading the definition of imbue.

Imbue:  To impregnate or inspire.

And tears fill my eyes.

My reality often tells me that I am not enough... Declares that I have failed.... Begs for more than I have to give.

But then there's His.  His reality.

The reality I'm invited to says that He has loved me with an everlasting love...  His reality says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light...  His reality reminds me that man looks at the outward, but God sees the heart...  His reality declares that He came so I could have an abundant life!

His truth is that He has redeemed me and I am His. 

And in that moment, all other realities lose their grip.

For when I'm saturated by His Spirit, absorbing His truth and impregnated with His love... in Him... I am enough.

1 comment:

Mary Kelso said...

I confess, I got a little teary eyed too. God's revelations are so personal and yet so wonderfully able to be shared with others. His love is perfect!

Thanks for sharing your moment with us!