(Pic provided by Dwelling Moments Photography.)
God desires for us to soar (abound), but not at the expense of developing a deeper relationship and dependence on Him (abide).
Because the truth of the matter is that it’s not about me, but about God. And fruit, too.
John 15:5,says, ”If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”
It’s only by abiding in God that God equips and directs the abounding, to “bear much fruit”, meaning infect and affect others for good. God’s planted seeds of pure awesomeness in each and every one of us. How we respond to such seeds is “free will”.
God loves us enough to let us make our own choices.
God is a patient Gardner. He allow us time to grow and mature. Because He wants us to bear much fruit.
Meaning, He wants us to take others along with us on the journey to heaven and through life.
Outside of waiting on this prayer to be answered (in an other than, “Wait, not yet” type of answer), I see that I’m in quite a few other holding patterns, that are annoying but vital to my character development.
Did I just writing character development?
How utterly nauseating. Nauseatingly true.
Double barf. :sick: (Yup, I have a “sick” smiley…awesome.)
Holla if you feel me:
Losing the same freakin’ ten pounds…again.
Recovering from a friendship breach…again.
Building stamina running…again.
Learning a brand new profession and the humility that comes along with it…again.
Romans 5:3-5, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”
Perseverance, character and hope.
When I think of these three words I immediately think of my friend, Lisa. On her “again” list is:
Lisa’s faced, fought and kicked cancer’s butt for the THIRD time. Lisa’s aboded in God and persevered. Lisa’s sown great character and in the midst has produced a great harvest of hope.
In between her second and third bout with cancer, Lisa and her husband sold all their possessions and moved to Nicaragua. They know that life is not all about them. But what made my heart melt is that in her frail immunity, in between chemo treatments here in Virginia, Lisa went back to Nicaragua to not only teach those she told God that she’d teach to defeat the beast of illiteracy…Lisa went to inspire and encourage children that also have bald heads from the devouring effects of chemo.