Those that know me well know that I am terribly impatient. I always have a new idea, a new business to launch and I want to all have happened yesterday.
So, even though I have spent the last 3 or 4 days, fasting, praying and journaling for a Word to share with you here, I shouldn’t have been surprised that the only word I heard was REST!
REST! I don’t have time to rest!
I’m a busy mother of 3, my husband works away during the week, I’m working on multiple business ideas and lost my primary source of income just before the New Year and You’re asking me to rest?
But what I do know, is that it’s always here… in the waiting, that God speaks to me the most clearly.
Just now, my daughter has come to me with the “Jesus Game” (aka the Bible app) to show me the verse of the day.
I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
A timely reminder to draw closer to Him. To nourish the source that will provide everything you need. To see the situation differently and know that it is all part of His plan.
He cuts off every branch in Me that bears no fruit, and every branch that does bear fruit, He prunes to make it even more fruitful.
This spoke to me even more fully. I was really upset that I had lost my job so suddenly. It was a great environment, great wages, flexible with attending school functions and allowed me to employ a babysitter so my children didn’t have to spend hours in day care.
What I didn’t see was, maybe my contribution there was over. Maybe God had used me exactly as he’d wanted and my gifts to that business had been utilised as fully as they could be.
Maybe the people I had interacted with or taken care of, had experienced what they needed from me in my pursuit to live more like Jesus. Maybe my assignment was complete!
I was so focused on keeping that branch alive, that I’d forgotten that it is all part of the Season. That the tree can’t continue to flourish without being pruned.
That the pruning is not the death of the tree, but a renewal. The tree stays connected, just as we stay connected to the Father, but just as the seasons come and go, so too does our growth.
Maybe you’re in a season that is tough or challenging? That you’re being asked to run your business or interact with your clients in a way that seems against the grain or out of line with the vision you initially had for your business.
It’s in those times of rest, that God will do the pruning for you.
Heck, sometimes you may even feel like you’ve been stripped down to the bare bones, with no idea how you will have the strength to move forward.
And if you are, just remember.
Sometimes when you’re in a dark place, you think you’ve been buried, but actually you’ve been planted.
And beautiful things take time to flourish and grow.