Dan & I have been doing quite a bit of yard-work over the past couple of weeks. And when I've finished for the day, I am completely worn out! And that's good. My Granny always said that hard work never hurt anybody ... and she worked hard all of her life.
One of the areas we're working on is a little triangular piece between our front sidewalk and house. Up until the other day, it was a pesky little piece of grass to mow and keep weeded ... until this ol' Granny pulled out her rototiller ...
Have you ever used a rototiller? Or been anywhere within hearing distance of it? Let me say this -- they are loud ... LOUD!!!! When I use the 'tiller (yes, me... for some reason I would rather use it & let Dan work on something else... so, when the 'tiller is needed - Granny works it) I cannot hear anything but the 'tiller. I cannot hear anything at all. This morning I thought about the 'tiller and this picture that hangs in our sunroom for us to see as we enter our house and as we leave our house. It's our reminder...
Make time for the quiet moments
as God whispers and the world is loud.
And so I envisioned my rototiller as "the world" ... the world is just as loud as the 'tiller. The world can drown out any message that God whispers to us...
When the world shouts that's not fair!
Do you hear the psalmist whisper
The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want
When the world shouts they don't deserve your forgiveness!
Do you hear Jesus praying
Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us
When the world shouts you're not good enough!
Do you hear God whisper
I began a good work in you and I will complete it
When the world shouts but you're entitled to more!
Do you hear God promise
your every need is already supplied
When you hear the world shout you'll never be good enough!
Do you hear Paul's encouragement
I am not perfect but I press on for Jesus
When the world shouts give up!
Do you hear Jesus quietly welcoming you
Come unto me and I will give you rest
When the world shouts you're a nobody!
Do you hear God reflecting
I know the plans I have for you
There's so many "things" the world shouts at us. And just like my rototiller, the world can drown out any and all other sounds around us. But ...
there's always HOPE in the promises of
And just like the many different household projects that Dan & I have going on around our place, we are all a work in progress. We take one step at a time to move forward into the direction that God leads us.
I like the way Lysa TerKeurst phrases it as we all are making "imperfect progress" ...
we may fall into listening to the shouts of the world from time to time -- but the very next decision we make will be the most important...
listening to the quiet voice of God as He whispers to each of us.
God bless you all, my friends!