Springtime reminds me of new growth,the sound of robins and chickadees music to my ears. The call of a dove cooing to get noticed and find her partner or maybe a new friend….
The flash of movement as a rabbit scurries across the front garden. Suddenly, I hear a loud shriek and the wrestling sound of our cat, Nemo running through the dry yellow Timothy grass to the safety of our yard.
Nemos’ eyes focused on the safe place just over the fence. I glance behind him as a blur of red fur scampers across the pasture.
Hmmm, I ponder, was that a red fox and her kit, a mom training her baby to find food or fun?
Nemo is just a bit too friendly. He can even be seen bumping heads with our white and black Boer goat. Will he ever learn to be cautious with new friendships? His best buddy is a chocolate Labrador with golden eyes and Sampson our rescue black cat.
Nemo assumes all animals are friendly. Surely there is safety outside the yard. Peace and harmony rule in our home with the occasional struggle for being the lead animal.
Isn’t that so much like life, each contact with another human can be a great beginning or a path to destruction? Being kind, generous, and compassionate are the traits of character I want to exemplify. Yet, I may have to choose with the wisdom of the Lord, that only comes, if I am spending the time to know what my Jesus guides.
Oh yes, I can claim the title of being a Christian but the harder action is to seek the Kingdom of heaven and let Him gather all things for me. It means being open to new friends and being amazed as He opens my friend group to a Sisterhood in Christ that spans the country. Those with like mindedness who honor the Creator God and want to spread the love of Jesus. That is the body of Christ gathered to do a great work not for our glory but to spread the message of the love of Jesus.
Matthew 6:33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.
Just like the disciples in Acts, they had to trust the Holy Spirit, seek His wisdom, and throw caution to the wind. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.
In order to know where the Holy Spirit may be leading, we have to prioritize time; put Jesus first. That may mean, initially, setting aside time to be in the Bible. I find the New Living translation easier to understand, however, you should chose a version that speaks to you. It takes time to set up a habit that will feel natural. Consider a special, quiet spot, perhaps a quiet corner, comfy chair, in your home, or maybe a park bench in the sun.
Daily setting aside time to be with the Creator of all things will bless you. Give yourself 20 days in a month, specific day a week, 15 min. No guilt if you miss a day. The book of John in the Bible can be a great place to start. You will see the life of Jesus written.
Let His will draw you to Him.