Monday, September 28, 2020

Brand New Possibilities

Open up my eyes, Lord, to brand new possibilities. Toby Mac

You are opening my eyes
You're opening my eyes, Lord
To brand new possibilities
You are opening my eyes
You're opening my eyes, Lord
To brand new possibilities
Edge of My Seat by tobyMac

I found myself singing the bridge to Edge of My Seat this morning as I was cleaning the horses' stalls. Just kept mindlessly singing the same words, over and over: You-are-o-pen-ing-my-eyes-Lord-you're-o-pen-ing-my-eyes-Lord-to-brand-new-pos-si-bil-i-ties!

Now, I do tend to sing while performing the mindless task of mucking stalls. It's a boring, tedious job and singing helps make it more interesting. Plus, I am absolutely convinced that the horses love to hear those dulcet tones waft from my lips. 😂 But I haven't sung that song for a long time. And, honestly, I probably don't even know the words to the rest of the song.

So, it's a wonder why that refrain became my earworm this morning. When I realized what I was singing, I immediately and excitedly thought "Oh! I wonder if God has something new in store for me!"

Open up my eyes, Lord, to brand new possibilities.

Since I stopped creating the online worship videos for my church, I've kind of been bumbling along, figuring out how I want to spend my days. I've taken on a few things - learning Spanish, learning how to finger play my guitar, learning how to draw (yep, lots of learning going on here!). But not much in terms of serving Jesus.
So, I was really excited at the prospect of a new challenge from God. (I realize that the song has a broader meaning, which you can hear about here; but for me at that moment, it meant something more specific.) 

That excitement over some unknown plan from above was definitely a new feeling for me. In the past, I've been hesitant to ask God to use me. I always imagine He's going to send me to live in a hut in some third world country where I'll have to haul drinking water from a murky pond and eat ants for protein. Honey, I wouldn't even seriously consider glamping for the weekend, so living in a hut is out of the question!

I am so thankful that He knows me so well because He has never asked me to do anything so extreme. Has He pushed me, kicking and screaming, out of my comfort zone? You bet! Has He expected me to eat ants? No way!

I've always gotten a lot of fulfillment out of the things He's asked me to do. And I've definitely grown from those experiences. So, instead of fearing whatever is next, I'm really looking forward to a new challenge! And that change in attitude is exciting as well!

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10

So, I don't know what He has in mind, but I'm running toward Him with open arms and open eyes! Use me, Lord!


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