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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Just the slightest shift, part two

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by Naomi Widmer, guest writer
As I reflect back on when I first recognized a “kiss on the cheek from God,” I would have to say that it came on a frustrating August morning when God nudged Pam to call me. Unbeknownst to Pam, I had been silently calling out to God, asking for clarity and wise counsel. I am forever in awe of how God gently works with the wounded - sending one of His surrendered servants to reach out to help pull stuck feet out of the pit of despair. 

Psalm 40:1-2, "I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along."

The second shift came on a day when I was really struggling with the whys of the past eight years. I was consumed with trying to find the answers and desperately wanting my family to thoroughly understand all that I had been through. However, on that day, I was at the point of just wanting to stop everything I was doing and flee! Coincidentally, that was the very day Pam asked the question, "Naomi, what is one thing you might be able to shift in your life this week that could lighten the heaviness you currently have in your life?" I'm sure God was smiling a compassionate smile as He watched me struggle through that question! I felt this small stirring in my heart, as if Jesus was whispering hope by saying, "My wonderful plan for you doesn't always feel wonderful - but I'm cheering you on - keep going, keep discovering!" Later that day God opened my eyes to see this subtle shift. It didn't come in the form of discovering the why to my questions, it didn't come in the form of a cut back in my work load, nor did I benefit from a day away at my dream cabin! It came unexpectedly, gently, as Jesus lifted my face upward to Him, changing my focus from self to Him.

Psalms 3:3, "But You, O LORD, are a shield around me; You are my glory, the One who holds my head high." This slight shift truly felt like a kiss on the cheek from God.

Week after week I began to notice a few more gentle shifts. One day my husband came home from work. I was sitting on the sofa and communicated to him that I had just felt a little off that day. Old fears from what we had gone through arose inside my husband and he immediately asked if it was related to the side effects of the former medication since I had recently gone through some tough withdrawal. It was so comforting to see his loving concern. But, it was so much more comforting for me to be able to communicate that I was OK, assuring him of my healing. I felt this slight forward shift as I could, for the first time in years, comfort him and help dispel his fears! The communication and understanding that we shared at that moment was like another “kiss on my cheek from God” on this journey to wholeness.

I could see that my perspective was changing in that I was embracing in my heart what I knew in my head ... that God was actively involved in my everyday life and cared that I would recognize His gentle moving. I was recognizing that I was not to be concerned about anyone else's approval or anyone else's lack of understanding regarding what I had been through. I was only to be concerned with what God thought. I was only to be concerned with being consumed with Him. Embracing this truth would lay the foundation for all other needed shifts to take place in my life.

What a profound joy it is to find myself at this very moment only consumed with what would please God most as it is HE who is writing my life story. Apart from God, I would still be stuck in the aftermaths of my tsunami! So I clearly see that it's only through Christ that I am no longer concerned with the whys of the past eight years but instead finding myself excited with discovering the what!  I wonder what will be the next shift tomorrow - I can't wait to see it!  "Thank you Jesus for lifting my face with Your gentle hands, upward to You and softly brushing a tender kiss on my cheek as You continue to move me forward from one place to another."

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  1. Fantastic Finish Glorifying our Good God who loves us!
    Have you ever heard a song by Francesca Battistelli called "Write Your Story?" This article reminded me of it. I think you would like it :) By the way, Psalm 40 is my life story. I was thinking of it on the way to school this morning ( I am a school teacher). Neat! Thank you for allowing God to bless me, and many others, through the sharing of your story!!

  2. Sounds like we need to have coffee together Cyndi!! Thanks for your encouraging words! So thankful God takes our hand and walks us through "the journey."

  3. LOVE this Naomi!!!!! And how col that you used Ps. the way you communicate such raw realness, that so many of us are fearful to share ourselves. God uses you to break down barriers among women - love it, and love you!


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