The Joy of Weeding

Heavenly Dad has been hounding my about my attitude lately–in a good way. As one of my (incredibly many) siblings, does He do that to you or is it just me?

It’s a half empty/full outlook thing. Today when chatting with Him He was impressing on me about how He has a plan to use each of us but we have to have a willing heart and a good attitude. Did He not just talk to me about that? So, I keep looking and I’m like,”What are you seeing, Dad?” The nice thing is, so far He’s just talking to me.

Let’s face it, as a parent we tell our kids the guidelines, we remind them (usually a few times), then if they still don’t “get it”, we implement “natural consequences.” What that looks like may be, if they don’t do their chore (let’s say the dishes), then I will do them. I will also deduct $X amount from their allowance, to pay me for doing their chore. Congratulations! They’ve just hired their first maid!

If it continues, then they MUST have more time and or money than me, so maybe they can afford to take on a few more chores, to help me, because now I’ve taken on a second job–their maid. This may require them missing fun events, but boy howdy, this new second job is just draining me. They might need to make a meal or two more or something because, I just can’t keep up ;). In case you did not know, we were foster parents for years. Often, especially with the teenagers, they were taught more of manipulation verses communication. Yup…natural consequences, definitely the way to go.

When they would get all “drama queen” on me, my Cleopatra, in full costume, would come out of the closet. When, whatever the situation, would pass and we’d laugh about how “mom” was so over dramatic, we’d decompress with,”If you need _____, you just need to ask.” “If you are feeling _____, let me know and if I can’t help I will find someone who can.”

Sometime the world does that. We try to manipulate God instead of communicating and trusting that He has our best in mind. But then, that’s when we take our relationship from what we’ve heard about God, to experiencing/coming into a relationship and “seeing” Him for ourselves.

Job 42: 5 “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.”

My heavenly Dad is just talking right now and He is being very kind. I want to make sure I doing my daily chore of cleaning out, well, myself! What am I focusing on so heavily that He’s calling me out yet again?

The second part of the message was about how disobedience moves us away from Him. He spoke of how when some of us kids move away from Him, others are asked to step up and fill in the gap. That’s humbling. I don’t want to let Him down.

One thing I love about my heavenly Dad is that He takes what I love and asks me to use it to help others. It’s not like He knows I like to pull weeds so He has me on “toilet duty” for my lifetime. On occasion, the person who loves to clean toilets (yes, those people do exist) may fall ill, go on vacation, or just need a break and “Dad” may ask me to stand in the gap. Whether the toilet person will or won’t ever return the favor, that is not my concern. Heavenly Dad has a grand design. Do I believe in it enough to clean toilets? Yepper.

Does any of this make any sense at all? If it doesn’t I apologize, but this was my coffee time with “Dad.” I didn’t come to this table with any predetermined…anything. He speaks, I listen, then I blog to get it straight in my head. You, again, just happen to be the fly on the wall.

It’s going to be a lovely day (it’s lovely rain or shine because it’s another day that I’ve been given). The only choice I may have control over today is:”What will my attitude be?” I can pull weeds with a smile or in anger. Which will people want to approach me and ask about the flowers that grow in spite of the weeds?

Back to weeding! Until tomorrow: Blessings!

 

Author: Tracy Cook

Widowed one week before our 27th wedding anniversary, Heavenly Dad continues to carry me, now blessing me with a second chance for love.

2 thoughts on “The Joy of Weeding”

  1. It’s a deal! You pull the weeds and I clean the toilets- we can be a team! 😀 Praise the Lord we are all gifted differently; a diverse world needs diverse giftings and talents to all work in harmony.

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