Monday, January 26, 2009
Growing Where I am Planted
I swiped this picture for Mary Catherine's Facebook page. It was too cute and it has nothing to do with my post, but I wanted to share it. Doug and Adeline are quite the buddies. She always remembers him whenever we see Owen and Mary Catherine and she just grins and laughs at him. I would venture to say that this just makes her Uncle Doug feel pretty special.
Anyway... Obviously I am dealing with some personal stuff but this excerpt from Oswald Chamber's book, My Utmost for His Highest ministered to me this morning. I have listed it below so you can read it for yourself. Also, so as not to go into a long explanation I will just say that God has convicted me that He has put me in a place in life where he is trying to grow me and I need to grow where He has planted me.
"Consider the lilies of the field . . ." (Matthew 6:28). They grow where they are planted. Many of us refuse to grow where God plants us. Therefore, we don’t take root anywhere. Jesus said if we would obey the life of God within us, He would look after all other things. Did Jesus Christ lie to us? Are we experiencing the "much more" He promised? If we are not, it is because we are not obeying the life God has given us and have cluttered our minds with confusing thoughts and worries. How much time have we wasted asking God senseless questions while we should be absolutely free to concentrate on our service to Him? Consecration is the act of continually separating myself from everything except that which God has appointed me to do. It is not a one-time experience but an ongoing process. Am I continually separating myself and looking to God every day of my life?