Pushing Through It All
This morning while driving to work I was thinking about this blog. The thought crossed my mind to stop writing. It isn't that I am tired of writing, but I started to think that people were tired of reading. It became all about me, and I started feeling like a failure. Typical human reaction to not seeing instant results. The whole idea behind this blog was not so people would see me, but see Jesus every day in their life. That is why I don't post my name on anything. It isn't about me. But here I was making it about me.
I won't lie, I want this to be the most popular blog on the internet, and I want it now. How silly of me. This is one of those "I'm going to teach you patience," moments. Even now, I'm laughing at how stupid it sounds. I'm no writer, yet here I am writing. It's funny!
I was at work when I got this text from a amazing beautiful lady who I have come to think of as a mother. She sent a text telling me she was praying for me and that she was still enjoying reading my blog and not to quit. She reminded me that I am loved. I laughed so hard! God was using her to reassure me that this is what HE wants me to do. It is so amazing when you are open to seeing the little miracles that He plants in your life. Martha was today's miracle. I love her dearly.
On my evening walk with Wagsley I came upon a reminder of Martha's son, also someone I love dearly. It was a small plant wrapped around a twig, which had fallen from a nearby tree. Two years ago we were at the Houston Zoo. We were in the park next to the zoo and I looked up and saw these weird plant balls, for lack of a better term, hanging from the trees. He said, "we should harvest these and take them to Kansas City and sell them at the farmer's market. People pay good money for these little air plants." Air plants? I had never heard of such a thing.
A common air plant here in the south is also known as Spanish Moss. You see it everywhere. The photo above is from a garden in Singapore. There are a few different varieties of air plants in that photo. They don't root in the dirt, they are like parasites on other plants, only not really. They live on water and bird poop. Yep, that is what the internet says, so it must be true.
I picked up the little plant and brought it home. I am not sure what I am going to do with it, but didn't want the gardeners to throw it away. Its really kind of cute. No, I haven't given it a name, but give me a few weeks and perhaps I might.
What does all this have to do with not quitting? I'm glad you asked. Sometimes we need a reminder that God has put us here and is working HIS will in our lives. If we submit to that, and just keep pressing on and moving forward, then He gets the glory! He will eventually show us the big picture someday. The text from Martha and the reminder of her son in this tiny little air plant have now become my encouragement. When I see that plant I will remember to keep writing!
Imagine Jesus prompting Martha to check on me. It would be just like him to use someone so dear to be that bit of encouragement.
Imagine Jesus dislodging the little plant from it's tree so that I would see it and be reminded of Martha's text by reminding me of her son.
Imagine Jesus working everything out, so that His will with this blog is accomplished.
I am sorry I made it about me. Imagine Jesus saying, "It's okay. Together we can accomplish anything. Just trust me. Keep writing. Bigger things are coming."
John 3:30 "He must increase, but I must decrease."
1 Corinthians 1:27 "But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong."
2 Corinthians 11:30 " If I must boast, I will boast of the things that show my weakness."
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