Friday, March 25, 2011

God in the Yard Week 5 Part 1

"I am comforted by the idea of leaving "openings" because..."

If I close up every opening it would mean that everything is up to me. THAT frightens me! I know the scope of my abilities and they fall short of accomplishing anything of value. I am not minimizing myself but being realistic and understanding what the Bible says in John 15:5, "I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." 

Having openings does make me feel quite vulnerable. Thankfully my very human and limited understanding of His Character and His Word tells me that "I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." (Phil 4:13) In the Bible it also says the Holy Spirit prays for us, "And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will." (Romans 8:27). So, I am covered. Even if I have no idea what is next. He does. The "openings" allow me to experience the blessing of trusting in Him.

 "Openings" allow Light to shine, Water to flow, and Receiving to happen. When I stay closed, there is darkness, dryness, and emptiness. I can't be a light without His Light. I can't be refreshing if I am not walking in the Water of His Word, and I cannot give if I cannot receive.

"OPENINGS" = GOOD when I am open to God!


L.L. Barkat said...

I had not thought of it that way, but of course! Closing the openings leaves everything up to us. A lonely thought indeed.

Opening my hand (and my soul windows :) with you this morning.

singingpaint said...

I remember as a child you were also very to receive and love and give. Sometimes that openness brought conflicts, but always communication. And always the realization that you were a thinking and free to share person.I think openness is also related to freedom. Freedom to do and be and love and give as God has created and empowers...hence, John 15. Much love and gratefulness for your openness. Mom

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