This is the last post in the Take One Step Series here on the Art of Adventure blog! Today you get to hear about the one small step of my dear friend from South Africa, Jenneth Graser. It is our hope that you will continue to be encouraged to see your tiny, seemingly insignificant steps everyday as the backdrop for the miraculous, and the pathway of a beautiful adventure. Perhaps God isn’t waiting for us to take adrenaline-pumping, picture-worthy leaps of faith, but to simply put one foot in front of the other, with childlike expectation, everyday. Where is He inviting you to take one step, to break fear’s power, and let Him take care of the outcome?
Simplicity has been calling to me for awhile now. As a homeschool mom of 3 girls, life is a challenging pace of inquisitive minds, creative energy and spunky enthusiasm mixed in with the demands of a 9, 7 and 5 year old, not to mention my job as brawl mediator!
A couple of large life changes happened to us within a relatively short space of time, over the past couple of years. We moved house, left our church of 7 years and relocated after a pilgrimage of rest into a new church.
A great question mark is permanently here to stay. We have a space inside saying, what can I learn? Learning comes with the pain of change and learning comes from experience. It leads us to question our perceptions of personal worth based on our performance or seeming lack of it.
We are asking questions and seeking at the same time not to know all the answers…and to be okay with that.
A healing journey has included a growing interest in how social media is influencing us on a daily basis. I have been drawn to minimalism, de-cluttering personal space to make room for what is really important (this is still a BIG PROCESS), and I realised that internally, space needs to be made as well. Sometimes we just know we are in for an overhaul.
About a month ago, my husband and I watched a movie The Circle. We took one look at each other after the credits started to roll and said, “It’s time to get off Facebook.”
The sharing of life with growing numbers of people and wider and wider circles of online connection suggests a real need, for community and belonging. And Facebook has been that for me in many ways – an inspiring and creative space of sharing with like minded spirits and hearts.
But along the way it creeps into our lives with greater and greater intensity, taking more and more from our time and connectivity with family and offline relationships. I realised I needed to take a break and get perspective.
Slowing down, silence, meditation and prayer, music, reading actual books in my hands, nature, creating space in the evenings as a family to play games, worship together, have discussions, making memories with our children that will last forever, being inspired by Pinterest to take up my art things and actually do art, writing poetry, reading poetry, journaling…
So far, nearly a month into a pause in active involvement, I have felt in many ways like a mess. And I feel God asking me questions.
What does it look like for God to be at the centre of my Universe?
Do you trust me?
I don’t have to have all of the answers and we don’t have it all together. But I can be open to be re-born as a 40-something, into a different season. Outwardly not much has changed, but inwardly the questions can keep me open. I can find a new season I believe, if I look, right under my feet.
Take a moment to reflect with God on the ways social media is influencing you and your heart. Write down questions that are surfacing in your spirit as you speak with Him. Allow yourself to hold those questions close and at the same time to step out and trust Him in new ways.
Papa God, Thank you that you are always making me new and drawing me deeper into your love. I am excited about the healing journey you have me on! Today I respond to you with a “yes” by opening the most vulnerable parts of my heart to you once again. staying curious in this adventure, and trusting you as we take steps together into the unseen. In Jesus name, Amen
You can read all the posts from the Take One Step series here!