Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Tending the Soul for God's Will


Before we can serve God in other fields we must till, plant, weed, prune and bear fruit in our own fields.

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The will precedes the intellect.


Everyday I have little readings I do, and the first sentence is a paraphrase from one. The second comes from a CD set I was listening to earlier.


You know how you can read several pages or listen to thirty minutes of something, and out of it all you find a couple of nuggets of wisdom or teachings? When you go back to it later, what you see or hear can be something totally different. I’m trying to make a habit of writing down what strikes me that day, whether it comes from my pastor, family, friend, reading or a talking donkey. Okay I don’t expect to find a talking donkey or anything, but you never know. It can happen right?


The first sentence struck me because of what I am always asking God. What am I suppose to be doing? I never get a good feel for the answer. This sentence makes me think, “Maybe I’m not ready to do what God desires because I haven’t tended my own field.” Tending our own field requires a lifetime of cultivating, but we should bear some fruit at some point!


Then the second sentence struck me because there is the constant fight. My will wants to do one thing when my intellect knows I should do something else. My will either justifies the end or figures it’s not so bad after all. But no matter how small the infraction, it chips away at the rich soil my soul should be steeped in. How can I grow the tree to bear fruit, if I’m not enriching my soul? My friend Karinann’s blog post, Out With The Old, In With The New, touched on the same subject. At first I thought how discouraging this “trying” to become anew can be. Then it came to me. It is better to be questioning than to think everything is okay. I think when I’m rolling along that track saying and thinking, “I’m okay” is when I am in the greatest danger. So I pray God will help me to examine my actions or lack of action and continually tend my soul for His desire.

4 comments:

Karinann said...

Lord, May I never think that I am OK! I agree with you 100% on that point. Those are the times God usually slaps me with a dose of excrutiating humility(for my own good).
Excellent post and thanks for the link!
Hugs & Blessings!

HeartfeltHeartLook said...

Karinann, it was something how your post and my readings all fell in line. With God all things happen for a reason! Hmmm think He's trying to tell us something? :) You're welcome for the link ~ but thank you ~ your post was another eye opener...

~ Judy ~ said...

I'm with Karinann!

And also ... perhaps that tending your own field is EXACTLY where He wants you right now!

Once, when I was feeling guilty and inferior because I couldn't "get out" and "serve" like some of my very very community-active friends were doing...I lamented to my pastor at the time...who said "JUDY...you have six babies under the age of seven...THAT is your ministry...you belong at HOME TENDING TO THE FAMILY GOD HAS GIVEN YOU...if He wants you out and about serving in the community...He will let you know when that time comes...THIS is NOT that time!
My point is: sometimes we say "what should I be doing"...when in fact...we really KNOW the answer...it's just that we WANT to be doing what others are doing and think that what WE are doing isn't worthwhile.
Anyway, great post...thanks!

HeartfeltHeartLook said...

Wow ~ yes your children had to be your ministry. How blessed to have a mother who loves God! I'm thankful for mine. And I thank you for your good advice. I've told myself over and over, just because something is good, it doesn't mean it's God's will for me. And the ..."what WE are doing isn't worthwhile" nails it. Oh, that I could take it one day at a time, one hour, one minute, one second! God bless you Judy!