Have you ever been ‘undone’ by life? Just when you think one more thing can’t happen, it does. Circumstances seem to pile one on top of another until you throw up your hands in surrender.
Have you ever been ‘undone’ by God? This undoing is different. Instead of piling circumstances it is a stripping away of the façade, the ‘have to’, ‘must do’, ‘should do’ and what is left is the ability to be. It may feel incredibly uncomfortable.
We build fortresses of comfort that need to be broken down to their foundations for God to bring us to the point where we can just be in His presence.
It may be particularly tricky for the task-orientated people such as myself. Those who see what needs to be done and go about doing it or organising others to complete the task as a priority.
Our fortresses are made up of our accomplished tasks and sustained through more and more activity. We are so very busy doing.
The relational ones among us, like my wife Fran, may find the undoing process more of a relief because at the core of their being is a desire to know and be known by God and others.
I am not saying that God isn’t into us doing things. We are sitting in the midst of evidence of God’s doing. I believe that there are two distinct qualities of God.
The first is the Nature of God (being) and the second is the Purpose of God (doing). It was out of the overflow of His being that the universe was created, that the doing was done.
In this world, we tend to build our identity around accomplishment. A task-orientation is more easily recognised and celebrated. It’s far easier to cheer each other on for getting things done rather than for being ourselves.
For many years I would have described myself as one whose identity was wrapped up in doing, and if I was honest, I had little expression of being.
My wife, on the other hand, has a much better sense of being and instead wrestles with tasks. Each tendency has its strengths and weaknesses.
God is primarily relational. This is born out in the unbroken and glorious love relationship between the Father, Jesus Christ and Holy Spirit. While He is interested in what I’m doing, His primary desire is deep friendship and connection.
If I am to become a friend of God, there is an undoing that needs to take place. As a task-orientated person, I need to slow down and allow Him to dismantle the identity founded in accomplishment and completed tasks.
Being undone involves surrender. Being undone takes courage. Being undone takes time. Let God undo you and discover who He made you to be.
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Andee Sellman is the founder of Land Of Seven Rivers.
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