Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Find Me, I'll wait for you

I have been thining lately about how we love to complicate things.........

God gives us food from the earth and allows us to eat certain animals and fish - and we go and ruin it by adding additives and preservatives, resulting in our bodies not functioning as they were designed to. Oh by the way...the laws given to the Israelites on eating, are actually guidelines for what we should all eat for our bodies to work properly. Pork? Really not good for you. Milk and honey? So good for you. But we had to complicate things with pasteurisation, which kills the good bacteria, and the bad bacteria, changing the chemistry into something really not so good for you. And then we replace honey, which has so many medicinal properties, with sugar. What a mistake that was. *sigh* but I digress.......

This morning the boys and I took a permanent marker out and drew on a plastic tablecloth and made a car track. So simple, yet so effective. The boys loved it. They have a room full of the latest and greatest (and expensive) toys, and yet - all they need really is something simple.

I am not a camper. I am a modern girl, who loves all the modern conveniences. I love my espresso machine. I love my computer. I love that I can order my groceries online and get them delivered to my door. But this weekend, my family and I are going camping. This will be the first camping trip for me since becoming a mother. I am embracing the challenge to get out of my comfort zone. There will be no espresso machine (although I am bringing my stove top espresso to put on our gas hotplate!), no computer, no television. There will be hot showers and toilets. (I did say I am a modern girl!), but other than that - no modern conveniences.

I am looking forward to getting away and simplifying things. There will be no distractions (like my blog posts) like there is in everyday life. I am looking forward to spending quality time with my boys and my husband. I am looking forward to a simple tent to sleep in. (Really, I am!) I am looking forward to lighting a fire and burning roasting marshmallows on it. I am looking forward to sneaking away for 20 minutes with my bible and journal in hand by myself. I  am looking forward to simply finding Him. No complicated formula. No '7 steps to a great Christian Walk'. Just me and Him - as it should be.

Sometimes I complicate my life so much, that I forget that all I have to do is simply seek Him in the chaos. I love the scripture written by the prophet Jeremiah in chapter 29:

13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD, "and will bring you back from captivity.
So simple. All I have to do is seek Him and I will find Him and He will bring me back from captivity. I allow my heart to be in captivity when I complicate things. I start to ask questions instead of simply seeking Him.
Am I reading the Word enough? Am I praying enough? Should I go to home group? Should I join the worship team? Why am I not being healed? Do I not have enough faith? Am I teaching the boys enough? How will I ever get all the housework done? Why hasn't she answered my email? Am I a good wife? Have I finished that blog post? When is my report to the Home Education Unit due? These thoughts and others, hold me captive. But as soon as I seek Him though, I am free. He finds me, and helps me to simplify what I have made complicated.

When Paul was addressing the crowd in Athens in the book of Acts, he said in Chapter 17:

26From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'
In this verse, Paul tells us that our King determined the times set for us to be and the exact place where we should be. That means, I was meant to be born in this modern world. He knew that I would have a passion for writing and would use blogging as my forum. He knew that as a busy mum I would be shopping online for my groceries.(And for that I am thankful!) But He also knew that these things things could distract me, if I let them, from seeking Him.

I came to be a Believer in Jesus Christ in the early 90's. I loved listening to Margaret Becker. There is a song that she sang called 'Find Me' that I absolutely loved, and still do. I couldn't find a video clip, but below is a the audio and lyrics.

I'm gonna move on down to Elliston
Let my hair grow wild and free
Rent a second story studio
Find the other side of me

I'm gonna sit out on the edge of the fire escape
Feel a little destitute
Search for the feelings that will help me remember
The love that I had for You

Find Me, find Me
I'll wait for you
Find Me, find Me
I'll wait for you

I'm gonna give away my stereo
Give away my T.V.
I'm going back to essentials, a chair and a lamp
And the Book that You wrote to me

You see, I'm looking for the You that used to speak so clear
I'm looking for the me that had a heart to hear
And I'm looking for the passion that help me here
On the edge

Find Me, find Me
I'll wait for you
Find Me, find Me
I'll wait for you

You see, I'm looking for the me that I used to know
I'm looking for the love that was out of control
'Cause I feel a little cold here in the afterglow
Find Me, find Me
I'll wait for you
Find Me, find Me
I'll wait for you

Find Me, find Me
I'll, I'll wait for you

Still taking lessons from the King,



  1. You know I love Maggie B! I love simple things too! And I love you xx

  2. It is so true that when we truly seek God, we will find Him. And He will bless us. Enjoy your camping trip. Enjoy the peacefulness away from all the distractions. May you enjoy drawing closer to God. x

  3. Enjoy enjoy enjoy!
    One of my favourite moments this year was when Shane and I sat on the beach in silence for I don't know how long. Both listening expectantly for a God whisper. It's so good to take some time and be quiet and draw closer.

  4. Such true words, Princess! Thank you for the reminder and wonderful scriptures!

  5. Oh yes, I tend to complicate life too...
    Enjoy the simplicity and your time with Him. You will feel rejuvenated in such an amazing way.

  6. Tears. Thank you, Jo...as usual:)

  7. This was a great post to read! I love the passage you shared from Acts..God is so near to us..I keep being reminded of that. Thanks!

    I hope you guys have a great time camping! I love camping! :)

  8. That is so true, a great reminder that we all need to strip ourselves of all this outer mess. All we need is God and yet we do complicate things so much. Thank you, Jo. Have a great weekend.

  9. Hi Jo! WOW! Great post - its so true that the simple things in life are so often the best. I am a camper - love getting away and tenting with the fam, but always with an amenities block in cooee (a girl has limits!)Loved your thoughts on food too...I'm right there with you. And the car mat looks like fun.
    Enjoy the time away from it all, with God and with your family.
    PS> Your boys are so cute!

  10. AWESOME post. and so very well intune with whats going on with me right now. Thank you.
    enjoy your camping

  11. I especially appreciate the reminder that God placed me in exactly the right time and place... because there are moments when I feel so out of place. But then, I know this is because I am only passing through this world.

  12. Love this post. So simple, so true! He is waiting for us all to put down all our burdens, worries and concerns and find Him! Thanks for the reminder!
    Luv Donna

  13. OH JPW!!!! I am on the edge of tears while reading this! I truly believe that God guided me to this blog for such a time as this. The questions you ask are some that we all ask ourselves, some more than others. Today, with everything that is going on in my life, I WAS feeling discouraged and even lost but, God has used you and your blog to help redirect my gaze back to Him. He is all that I need and all I need to seek for. I know this but in times like these, it can be easy to forget. Thank you for allowing the Holy Spirit to use you to to remind me to seek the Truth and focus on that, not reality 'cause that is NOT the truth :) God bless you!


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