The List – Turned Around

The list I held in my hand grew longer with each moment I sat in the car.

I was about to walk into the store and tried to think of anything that did not make it on the list.

I sensed anxiety trying to make its way up from my stomach into my heart as I sat and compared the list with the money in my wallet.

Then, I remembered to pray.

I turned the list around.

A prayer made its way from my pen

onto the blank space on the back of the list.

Another list grew

-A list of loved people in my life whom I hadn’t prayed for as I should have

-A list of hurts and pains

-A list of compassion and love

-A list of things that mattered

The back of the list became suddenly the front of the list.

A deep awareness of God’s presence moved in.

Tears blurred my vision to the stuff that did not matter.

*

“Father,

forgive me for running after the things I can’t take with me.

Forgive me for putting things in the front and people in the back.

Help me to turn it around. You ask me to care as Jesus did.

Help me to see people today, not the things I think I need.

Continue to blur my vision to things with tears of compassion for people.”

About Heidi Viars

β€œIf you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth ...” ― C.S. Lewis ..... In my pursuit of self, I found utter darkness. In my pursuit of truth, I found Jesus, who dispelled the darkness by His forgiveness. Now I follow Him and try to understand Him better. I am a wife, mother of 6, blogger and love taking photographs of sunrises.
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6 Responses to The List – Turned Around

  1. Thank you for this testimony we all need to be refocused to the things that really matter. I am so glad that the Lord resets our vision with his mercy and his love . Keep sharing these God moments you have the ability to touch lives wtih the hope that lies in you.

    • Heidi Viars says:

      Thank you for your encouragement, sister. Let’s pray for boldness to share Him and speak of the awesome God that He… anywhere and anytime He prompts us to do so πŸ™‚

  2. JoAnne Miller says:

    Wow…what a way to turn my perspective upside down! Very convicting–and encouraging. πŸ™‚ Bless you for being a faithful messenger!

    Love the window picture–thought it must be from Germany since the car was facing the wrong way on the wrong side of the road! Then realized both sides were the same, so it was just a one-way street! HA! πŸ™‚

    • Heidi Viars says:

      Dear JoAnne,

      I stand amazed when I think of the Lord’s patience toward us while we try to figure out what it means to be more Christ-like. I am grateful for His patience πŸ™‚
      I took the picture this weekend from our room in Chicago …can you believe that this is downtown Chicago…. I suppose we truly can find glimpses of Him ALL around us.

      Love you and miss you, dear friend!

  3. Heidi Viars says:

    It’s hard to remember … but let’s try πŸ™‚

  4. Sarah says:

    love this….so true. We all need to pray this way every day. πŸ™‚

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