Truth by way of Rodents

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Bible Reading Luke 12:35-40; Galatians 6:1-5

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I have waited in the past but became complacent. I have learned I should keep working on the things I know God gifted to me. (Luke 12:37) However, I often give in to my flesh by wandering; I tell myself that a change of scenery is a good way to “refocus”. My love for photography grew out of this escape from reality. (God even turned this into way to share His Word) On one of those antsy, unfocused occasions I decided to go for a drive to clear my head. I had been studying one of the Gospels and after reading through several sermons, exhausting the theological dictionary, and going blank when attempting to answer questions, I gave in to my need to wander. So I picked up my camera, car keys, and headed out the door. But something didn’t feel right, I felt as though I should stay, complete what I started… but I ignored the feeling. (Luke 12:35; Colossians 4:2)

There is a long country road not far from home I like to travel. A calm scenic route that twists and turns along the river side. I’ve driven it so often that I’ve memorized the blind spots and all the little bumps. With the nagging feeling gone I began to look for a place to stop to capture some of God’s beauty. But just as I came around the next bend I had to slam on brakes to avoid hitting a squirrel. *A Squirrel!!* It had scurried out in front of me, turned back to his previous direction, only to jump onto a branch and do it all over again. I watched in amazement how scatter brained this little rodent was and how blessed he was that I was patient enough to wait for him to make up his mind. Are you laughing yet? Oh the irony! I was waiting patiently for the squirrel to decide his direction. (Galatians 6:1-3)

I believe God has a sense of humor and will gently guide us back to Him, using whatever means to catch our attention. I paused and said a prayer of thanks for not allowing me to over correct the car which would have landed me in a very deep ditch. I made a very awkward u-turn and drove back home.

Some times the things we run from or put off we end up leaving for someone else. God doesn’t always want us to work, He intends for us to rest as well. However, when we disobediently take advantage of His promise to give us rest by not fulfilling our duties to Him or each other that is when problems arise. (Luke 12:40; Galatians 6:5)

Let’s take a few moments and think about the things we may have left undone…

Who will have to finish it?

Who are we dependent on to pick up our slack and responsibilities?

What are we afraid to grow or mature in for the sake of character and spirit?

Large or small, present or future, we will leave something in need of completion. How much will depend on our obedience to God and our trust in His plan for us.

~Torrie

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ourgivenpurpose

Greetings, my name is Torrie and I am an obedient God fearing woman, wife, and homeschooling mother. Our household is filled with men and it is important that we all continue to grow in the fruit of the spirit. Through this blog I hope to reach others as we journey closer to God and embrace our relational purposes.

2 Comments

  1. Ouch! I’m not going to reply with a show and tell moment right now of the projects not yet finished. I’m just going to say guilty but striving to do better. Proverbs 3:5-6. Still striving!!!

  2. Heart opening my Queen, we tend to “multitask” thinking we get more done, but all we are doing is sacrificing the ability to do or give 💯 to that task, be it spiritual or earthly. In all things give your full attention, some of the things we miss, could have been the blessing we were asking for.
    Thank you my Queen❤️🙏🏾

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