The sun sets for another day. Three children sleep soundly under covers after Summer chaos. The washing machine hums and the kitchen displays its imperfections of todays grime. It’s hard not to notice how quickly dirt accumulates with a young family. Everything ‘nearly’ done, almost finished when an interruption calls me away. I leave what I’m doing to assist the mini emergency which has broken out in the shape of a cut toe, spilt milk or sibling arguments and I forget about the previous chore. Its lays incomplete because the focus is now else where.
Life has the ability to do just that…grab our attention by sounding alarms which demands and pulls us into a direction which was not initially navigated or carved for us to pursue. In our amateur state we run into chaos with the intention to solve problems with our own wisdom and neglect Heavenly insight.
It’s in those moments we begin to fill in the blanks with what we believe is the best solution.
We implement strategies and rearrange the outcome when it doesn’t turn out the way we thought it would.
What if we slowed down?
Walked into situations unhurriedly and prayed in those moments for wisdom to our Father rather than relying on self constantly?
And then we waited with expectation for Him to speak…
And He did.
That we saw instances with spiritual eyes and attuned ourselves to Heavenly whispers so opportunities weren’t wasted but used for His glory.
That we are sheep who recognise our Shepard’s voice and followed instruction without argument or hesitation.
Each morning when we woke we softened our hearts and rid ourselves of yesterday’s hardship which tends to build barriers against people and God himself and spent time callusing our knees and opening our hands in submission to the King-The vine who creates life for His branches.
And we nourished our souls and strengthened our hearts so life’s emergencies didn’t steal us, but rather ended with an outcome that showed the grace of Jesus.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you.”
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” John 15:1-11
And after centring ourselves with Jesus we rose inspired and ready to walk into our moments with a confidence and assurance that we are in step with His leading. That we, His Servant Girls will produce His fruit which brings our Father glory.