This morning my time with my Heavenly Dad was again from the woman married later in life and the effects of that journey. She shared sometimes she is saddened by the fact she will never have children. The platform from which she speaks does not define her, but it does help me understand a different perspective of our journey to the cross.
She also shared that had she been given that opportunity early on, she would never have began writing. I found that interesting because her outlook is the opposing view of mine. Had I not been married and then single, I would never have began writing. Granted, this is her career, mine is an outlet, but I do not know that I could put deadlines on what my Heavenly Father has for me.
She mentioned a garden hose is not the source of the water, just the vehicle/expression. I likened it to myself. My life is suppose to be the continuation/extension of my “Father,” the “source of all.”
I definitely do not have the prettiest, longest, or strongest garden hose, so with so many other options available, why would my heavenly Dad want to use mine? A garden hose was designed to take water from the source to far away places. I feel like my hose leaks. Again, why would He choose me?
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Wow, He alone created me and knew where my leaks were going to be. He still had in mind for me to tell other people about Him.
In Sunday School this week we were talking about compassion and how our heavenly Dad wants us to be compassionate. He also touched on how we have to be available for God to use. Like God has this giant mother board in front of Him and He pushes the button to turn the water on, for me to show compassion to someone, and…nothing happens. He pushes it again and still nothing happens. “What the heck? Where is she?”
Ok, so first, I doubt if God uses the word, “heck,” but you get the picture. He is still counting on me to show up and do His work and not for me to help in a begrudging way,”Crap, now I have to go show that person love, mercy and compassion. Wow, that’s going to take time. Can’t I just give money?”
I found this verse: Deuteronomy 28:47-48
“Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you.”
Ouch! So, I may not have all the money in the world for that one, but I can be pretty stingy with my time.
Take heart, though, in the same chapter:
Deuteronomy 281:1-6 “And if you faithfully obey the voice of the Lord your God, being careful to do all his commandments that I command you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the earth. 2 And all these blessings shall come upon you and overtake you, if you obey the voice of the Lord your God. 3 Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. 5 Blessed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. 6 Blessed shall you be when you come in, and blessed shall you be when you go out.”
My garden hose really isn’t all that bad. It works and because of the leaks things get watered from the beginning to the end–how cool is that? Though, I may not like my leaks, God can use them.
I’d best polish up my garden hose and get ready.
Until tomorrow: Blessings!