"I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9
I have seen the hummingbird on the butterfly bush, and now the butterfly is on the hummingbird feeder. There must be some cross-training going on!
Isn't that just what God does with us? He lures us to places that take us out of our comfort zone. We learn how to thrive in those situations and become nourished by that environment so that we can bring that energy to our work.
Heavenly Father, You lead us where we do not want to go, and You teach us what we do not want to learn. But You are always with us and never leave us on our own. Thank you. Amen.
"Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the LORD has dawned upon you." - Isaiah 60:1
Aren't geraniums fascinating? They start with a cluster of droopy buds, and then, one by one, they strengthen, rise up, and open. What an amazing work of God! All of this happens on its own ... "nature" we call it.
Babies shine in a similar fashion. They slowly are able to raise their head, then they strengthen, rise up, and blossom into crawling and walking toddlers.
Do we carry this practice into adulthood? Can we step aside from our own inhibitions to "let go and let God"? Do we allow God to strengthen us, rise us up, and open us to His will? Do we let God be God and let "nature" take its course?
Holy, Almighty God, your awesome power is amazing. Overwhelm me, strengthen me, and lift me up so that I can be all that You want me to be. Amen.
"By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples." - John 15:8
How do they do that? Our strawberry plants are sprouting shoots that dangle from the main plant. The shoots are as vibrant and productive as the mother plant. No dirt, no water, no direct nutrients, yet they survive and produce their own fruit. How do they do that?
I guess we aren't much different.
Heavenly Father, hang on to me as I hang on to you. Give me the nutrients I need to survive independently, yet always remain dependent on You. Amen.
"Looking at little life moments with a spiritual eye."