Letting Go Because the Lord is Stirring

by Nan Jones   @NanJonesAuthor

Squirrels scurry by, cheeks filled with acorns from the oak in the meadow where tall grass sways in the September breeze. Goldenrod blankets the roadside. An occasional brisk morning paints the slightest tips of color on the sugar maple leaves.

Nature resounds with the stirring of fall.
Nature resounds with the stirring of fall.

Though the hot, humid days of summer remain, change is beginning across our mountains.

Nature resounds with the stirring of fall.

God has placed a deep knowing within each tree, each plant, each of His creatures that change is coming — the time to transition is now.

God has placed that same knowing in each of us — if we’ll listen.

Recently I prayed, asking the Lord to stir within me a deeper longing for Him. I needed a change. The searing heat from the fires of affliction had taken its toll leaving the dynamics of my faith stale, my spirit weary.

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Have you ever felt that way? Have you ever felt like you were just going through the motions longing for the day when you would return from your captivity and your spirit would erupt in praise once again?

That’s where I found myself.

I prayed a fervent prayer of longing for the Lord, asking — begging — Him to stir within me and awaken my heart to love Him more, to embrace the transitions of life.

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The Hebrew word for ‘stirred up’ is ‘ur (oor) meaning to rouse, awaken, excite, raise up, arouse to action, open one’s eyes.

  • The Lord is stirring among His creation.
    The Lord is stirring among His creation.

    The Lord stirred up Zerubbabel to restore the temple (Haggai 1:14).

  • An eagle stirs up its nest, hovering over its young, and taking them upon its wings to give them the gift of flight (Deuteronomy 32:11).
  • A musical instrument is awakened — warmed up to play (Psalm 108:2).
  • And the Lord called to the prophet Isaiah each morning and wakened his ears to hear (Isaiah 50:4).

Stirred up.

Awakened.

Just as the Lord is stirring His creation to proclaim His glory in the array of fall colors, He is stirring in me. I’m learning the shout of glory comes in letting go of the dead things — much like the copper, ruby, and yellow leaves that delight our soul.

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The beauty is in letting go.

God is stirring in the glory of fall.
God is stirring in the glory of fall.

Letting go of the burdens that keep us bound.

Letting go of our entitled pain and disappointment.

Letting go of the consuming complacency that comes from self-preservation.

Letting go because the Lord is stirring …

And I trust Him.

The swallowtails have returned to the mountain in droves. I watch their graceful flight and think of my own. My gaze follows one to the sugar maple with its slightly red-tinged leaves and I’m reminded of life’s transitions.

I’m reminded that when the Lord is stirring, all things become beautiful.

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Nan Jones

Nan Jones is an author/speaker who uses the words of her heart to assist fellow Christians in discovering the Presence of God in their darkest hour. She has been published in several anthologies as well as the online inspirational sites Christian Devotions, and Inspire a Fire where she is a monthly contributor. She is also a monthly contributor to PW Connections, a blog and forum to encourage pastors' wives. Nan has had the honor of being featured as a guest blogger on several sites. She is thrilled to announce her debut book, The Perils of a Pastor's Wife released June 30, 2015 by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. This memoir was a 2016 Selah finalist. When Nan isn't writing, she enjoys leading prayer retreats, bible studies or sharing God’s love as keynote speaker for special events. She is becoming known by her brand: "Even so, I walk in the Presence of the Lord" as she teaches her audience to go beyond the veil to find God's Presence. You may visit Nan at her website: www.NanJones.com. Nan has also created a facebook community page, Seeing Beyond The Veil, to provide a place for folks to go and get away from the chaos for a few moments and focus on Jesus through scripture, worship, testimony, and inspirational quotes. For personal communication you may email Nan at nan@nanjones.com The Perils of a Pastor's Wife is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and LPC Bookstore

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2 comments

  1. Wow, Nan. So beautiful and powerful.

    “The beauty is in letting go.
    Letting go of the burdens that keep us bound.
    Letting go of our entitled pain and disappointment.
    Letting go of the consuming complacency that comes from self-preservation.
    Letting go because the Lord is stirring …”

    This really resonated with me is just what I needed today!

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