Ah, God, You send the clouds as well as the sun. Clouds that bring rain — or maybe just a cooling passing shadow. Rain water is truly a gift. And You make it to fall on the Just and the Unjust. Such loving provision You make for us.
You have sure been sending the rain to California. My brother has more than six inches up in Grass Valley and down near L.A. they are evacuating people near the fire swept mountains. There aren’t enough bushes and plants to absorb the rain. Last year felt like that to me. LOTS OF GOOD GIFTS AND EVENTS RAINING DOWN ON ME. There just didn’t seem to be enough of me to ABSORB the gifts — YES, I hear You. It wasn’t that there were too many gifts – it was that I had been and continued to be TOO BUSY to focus on receiving.
Sleep. Rest. Lazying around. I don’t need to be Productive to be loved — to have value. One day in seven given over to NOT working. Given over to being WITH family and friends. Devoted to letting the Rain Soak Into Me. Seeping down deep — in to the dry places.
I could accept that fact that You have given my life to me as a gift — and I am to REIGN over my life. I am to be a steward — a compassionate and wise ruler — accepting my need for limits and rest. And accepting my need to exercise courage and grit and stretch.
The trouble is — I get a LOT of positive reinforcement — from myself and others from doing. I can SEE what I have done — and even more fun is NOT SEEING piles put away. But when I rest I can’t see all the rebuilding and rearranging and cleaning that YOU are doing inside me. I have to take it on TRUST!
TRUST! Well, that makes it clear! I can TRUST YOU and set about restructuring my life so I can live an ABUNDANT LIFE. Or, I can keep on being busy with the Good and miss the BEST and Being BLEST! Hey! I CAN DO THIS! I CAN! I can analyze this and CREATE both positive and negative reinforcements. Yes, I can — but WILL I DO IT? Will I reign? Or let habits and old patterns rule? Will I ask for and accept HELP?
YOU TELL US — CHOOSE LIFE! Well, God, You do a GREAT JOB of making this CLEAR! Thank You!