On my way to pick up Ms. Mary Frances, the Lord confirmed our plans of going to The Ramp by placing geese in my path. I quickly pulled over and took a picture to show my dear friend as she knows how much they mean to me. However, as I studied the photo after hearing the message today, this picture has taken on a whole new meaning!
Most of the high points from the message go hand in hand with what the Holy Spirit has been teaching me through our Discerning the Voice of God Bible study. The first dagger was when he asked “are you toiling or tending?” When God placed Adam in paradise, Adam was instructed to tend to it. However, after sin…there were toils and snares put throughout the garden. At any given time we are either tending to what God has already provided or we are trying to toil our own little garden out of our own little works. OUCH! That cut like a knife!
The preacher also asked “are you striving or communing with our Abba Father?” Well, as stated in previous posts…I have been working so hard at hardly working that I have grown weary! Today, I learned that bitterness is a natural result of dead works! Whew! All of this because I have been working in my own strength and might without consulting Him first! Again…this cut to the core! How arrogant and prideful of me?
Lastly, was his comment “when we stay in God, we stay in joy.”. I have missed the mark yet again! Because of my fears and lack of faith in doubting that He will provide my financial support to become a team member with TTR..I’ve lost my joy of who I am in HIM! (shaking my head)
As I look back on the picture I took of the geese…I see a sun beam…as if it were a spot light that is supposed to be shining on those beautiful birds…but because they have lost their way, they have lost their light! Needless to say, I feel that I have been those geese for too long! I am dusting myself off and getting back up so I can tend to the garden He has provided for me so I regain my joy and communion with my Heavenly Father! I am so thankful we serve such a loving, forgiving, and merciful Savior!