Isaiah 30:15 GOD, the Master, The Holy of Israel, has this solemn counsel: "Your salvation requires you to turn back to me and stop your silly efforts to save yourselves. Your strength will come from settling down in complete dependence on me-- The very thing you've been unwilling to do!"
Sitting on the Cool Green Grass with our Provider
As we live our complicated lives every day we see so many needs and obligations that must be met. We get so caught up in this day, this moment, this present world that we forget who we really are and more importantly who God really is. We feel we can't stop or even slow down for anything until we get it all done. When we lose sight of who God really is, we misinterpret who we are. We are nothing without God. Our creator didn't just create us and leave us to fend for ourselves. He wants to be a part of us always. He is our provider. He provides the ways and means for us to have the ability to meet material and financial needs and obligations of this world, but more importantly, He provides our Spiritual needs. When we slow down and take the time to sit with Him and really get to know who He is to us personally we will find our lives are not nearly as complicated.
As a parent, I recall when my children were young my husband and I both worked two jobs each. There were so many bills and so much to get done. We were so busy being providers for our children, we sometimes failed to be the parents we were supposed to be. I remember some of the best days from those days were days when I let everything go and took the children to spend the day at the park. I would load up five kids, go by the bread store and splurge for each one to have their very own loaf of bread to feed the ducks. We would go by the fruit stand uptown and buy a sweet juicy watermelon to feed us!
At the park, we would sit on the cool green grass and tell silly stories we made up. I would begin and the kids would each continue on. I always allowed them to end the stories however they chose. The stories held a little of each of our personalities in them. It was in those times sitting on the cool green grass that we really got to know each other. I was more than just a provider sitting there with them, I was a companion, a confidant, and a friend who shared their lives with them.
God is always willing to drop everything and gather us His children around Him. He will provide bread for us to feed others. He will provide sweet fruit to feed us. He has begun a story in each of us and He will allow us to finish it however we choose. Even though He created us all, we each have unique personalities. God wants to know each of us individually, and He longs for each of us to know Him. He, of course, is our Provider, but He is also a companion, a confidant, and a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
This week why not take a trip to the park with God. Sit by His side on the cool green grass and listen to what He has to say to you. You will find your life will be far less complicated when you slow down and realize God is in control of all aspects of your life. As we abandon our efforts to be in control of our circumstances and turn all control over to God, life becomes so much easier.