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Lessons From Maggie Mae

September 29, 2017

Hey! Meet Maggie Mae, my sweet 2-year-old rescue kitty I adopted over the summer. She’s a bit Facebook-famous due to … well, due to antics like THIS:

Uninvited

She definitely has quite the personality on her!

If Maggie could talk, she would tell you she loves to be on my bed, staring out the window, watching the world go by. But here’s what’s so cool about Maggie Mae: As much as she has places she prefers, her favorite place to be is wherever I am. Given the choice between a window view by herself or anywhere else in the world with me, she picks being with me. Every. Single. Time.

Which brings me to this statement from Chapter 12 of Lysa TerKeurst’s Uninvited:

“What is holding my attention the most is what I’m truly worshipping.”

While I’m in no way suggesting Maggie Mae worships me, she DOES have the right idea. You see, Maggie quickly learned she’s safe with me and that I love her and look after her. She knows I give her everything she needs; she has never lacked in my care. Because of that, she wants to be in my presence, wherever that may be.

Could the same be said of me and God? Could the same be said of you and God?

He has a plan for each of us, but it might look vastly different than anything we would dream up on our own. Sometimes it’s not easy. Sometimes it’s a little uncomfortable. It may even be a LOT uncomfortable.

Satan knows that, and he knows just the carrot to dangle in front of us to tempt us to look away and go after something else. But no matter how great that “something else” appears to be, if it’s not where God is, is it really worth it? Do we still want Him the most? Or do we become stubborn 2-year-olds, insisting on our own way?

When it comes down to it, it’s not about US, and never has been. Instead, it’s about God working THROUGH us to accomplish His plans in this world. There is a vital role for each of us to play, but it can only be discovered when we’re willing to follow, even when the path forward doesn’t make sense.

Will you choose to be a Maggie Mae today?

Reflect and Respond:

Observe — When your plans and God’s plans don’t line up, whose plans do you tend to defer to?
Bible — In Chapter 12, Lysa shares with us the words of Psalm 73:25-26 (NIV). What do those words teach you about your desires?
Stretch — Are you ready to lay aside your own plans in favor of His? Write out a prayer of surrender to God, asking Him to help you follow Him forward from here.

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