Life has many seasons. Seasons of joy, progress and trials. Seasons of unexpected victories, healthy relationships and moments of pure bliss. There are also seasons of desert, dry, weary moments that seem to extend to the horizon, as far as our eyes can see. We can feel parched, dried up and isolated.
I feel as though it is in the dry desert times I am more willing to listen to that still, small yet powerful voice of wisdom, Jesus. Yes, I feel amazed when life is joyful and progresses as I think it should. However, I can consider my participation more valuable than the behind the scenes God appointed moments of joy and peace.
The human condition of self reliance puts our works for our lives ahead of His provisions. When that happens, my ears are too busy seeking the admiration of the world, the likes, the compliments that puff up my chest. It can bring the toddler attitude of “I did this myself, I can do it, leave me alone.”
This is attitude blocked gratitude and is prideful and blocks my ears from hearing the still, small powerful voice of Jesus that says, “ Here is the way to go, hold my hand and let’s travel together.”
Matthew 6 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
Jesus doesn’t have a selfish motive, It is not in Him, He is all the fruits of the Spirit found in Galatians: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, self control. These fruits are something we must work through in order to be like Jesus. Each trait takes time, and effort. Some days I feel confident in one, then another one challenges me. It’s ok, we are works in progress. Jesus will guide the completion of our journey.
This is a common theme on my blog lately, I need to be transformed to the mind of Christ. Am I listening for his voice? Are you listening? Where are your steps leading you? He wants to bless.
Isaiah 30:18-23 NLT
 So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help.  O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries.  Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes.  Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.  Then you will destroy all your silver idols and your precious gold images. You will throw them out like filthy rags, saying to them, “Good riddance!”  Then the LORD will bless you with rain at planting time. There will be wonderful harvests and plenty of pastureland for your livestock.
Let it rain on you and prepare for a future harvest with the Master Gardener, the Lord. He did create you with two ears and one mouth to listen more.