conversations

Conversations

It’s been so long since I’ve posted anything here, though I don’t think it was from a lack of things to say. I seem to blog in waves and seasons. In some seasons, there is a lot going on and I have a lot to say about it. Those are the times when this blog has been a spiritually cathartic outlet for me to process and share the story being written on the pages of my life, often in real time.  In other seasons, it seems I’m more focused on living the stories, knowing there will be a time to tell them later.  The last 5 months have very much been the latter, but I feel like it’s time to start talking again.

As I feel God making some significant shifts in my heart, I’m making corresponding shifts in a finite attempt to keep in step with an infinite momentum that seems to be moving me.  Lately I find myself finding Him more… seeing and hearing Him in moments that could be easily written off or passed over as mere coincidence. But I can’t. My increasing discontent with the ordinary refuses to let me settle for being oblivious. There is more.

It’s been a very full week. As I look back over the past 7 days, interspersed throughout a packed calendar were a series of conversations that, while at first glance appeared unrelated, were purposeful pieces to a puzzle I see being assembled in my life right now.

In the past week, some of the conversations I’ve had have been with…

Blake… about what it looks like to walk in a calling and be poured out.
Natalie… about what it looks like to realign influence as seasons change.
Christian… about what it looks like to identify, lay down and replace idols with Jesus.
Peter… about what it looks like to realize, face and move past fear.
Ketric… about what it looks like to love well externally while guarding your heart against an idol of truth internally.
Nick… about what it looks like to have influence yet stay low.
Chris… about what it looks like to invest in an environment where accountability yields evangelism.
Kyle… about what it looks like to recognize, confess and disarm pride.
Jon… about what it looks like to fight for your true identity daily.

Each of these conversations has helped to center me. They have shaped me and made me better. On their own, any of these discussions would have easily risen above the otherwise linear landscape of the daily grind. But together, they are more.

I’m so thankful for the supporting cast of characters God has written into my story. The team He has assembled around my life in this season push me, challenge me, love me, believe in me, pour into me, encourage me, affirm me and make me come alive in the most amazing ways.  In very different ways, I see Him in each of them. Woven between our words, I hear His voice. It is unmistakable.  The more I hear Him, the more I expect to hear Him.

This week, in your conversations… expect to hear Him… and I believe you will.

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” Matthew 7:7

Have you heard God’s unmistakable voice in any conversations you’ve had lately?

 

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2 comments
benreed
benreed

Welcome back, Grant! 

 

You've got a stellar group of friends speaking in to your life. Can't wait to see how God continues to use you in huge ways.

MorganMacGavin
MorganMacGavin

Love this Grant!! So excited for what God is doing in your life and to see a vast difference between the person I initially met 2 yrs ago and now. Can't wait to see how God continues to write your story. As for me, yes. The past 2 years have been one of the hardest struggles in my life. Just when I think I've found my identity in Christ, nope, not so much. Completely off at times. It has been through conversations with random strangers and close friends or acquaintances, especially in the past few months, that God has been really trying to get me to understand the larger picture of what He is doing. And it sucks. It's really lonely and frustrating at times. But then after those conversations, God and I are just quiet together and I begin to process the words. It's allowed me to rely more on Him to discern the lessons and sift through the areas of my heart He is trying to redefine. I've had some people be very gentle in their approach and some be very blunt. Hearing them instead of just listening seems to be where I see God moving the most. Because when you truly take something in it's entirety, the impact is great enough to force movement. Backwards or forwards...but you're at least moving. Like you, Grant, I'm very thankful for the characters God has written into my story. They force me to think and approach my relationship with God and with others in a much different way. 90% of the time I still crash and burn on the first attempt, but they are always encouraging me to try again...which makes all the difference. (So sorry for the long reply! Haha...got on a roll.)