In my last three posts, I have been writing about God as our Provider. I fully believe with all that is in me that God gives us all we need and more. A recent prayer of mine has been to look to God more and to trust Him. That is why I wanted to share Proverbs 3:5-6 with you:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Something very awesome has been happening in my thought process lately. As I have been posting and sharing with you all the ways I have seen God provide for me and as I ask you to think and share how God provides to you in your life, I began noticing a pattern. Everyday I was more and more aware of all that God has provided. It reminded of a group study at church. This study was titled “Vertically Inclined” and discussed thinking, looking, and doing all things to be vertically inclined. In other words, all that we do should be for the Lord. Every thought and action we take should have a vertical direction behind it. Vertical - get it?
In the past two weeks, I have had a lot on my plate. Remember as a child, when you had that one vegetable you absolutely hated on your plate at the end of dinner and you did not want to eat it? For me it was stemmed veggies (and probably many other things my mom remembers and I don’t). Something about mushy veggies – yuck! I liked (and still prefer) my vegetables to be crunchy! If it’s mushy it better be mashed ‘taters with gravy J or broccoli with cheese melted over it -mmmhmm!! I think the last two weeks have been a lot like those steamed, mushy vegetables. The weeks haven’t been bad for me, but like those steamed veggies I had to eat as a little girl I just haven’t really liked the way they’ve ‘gone down’.
I have done a lot of reflection over the last few weeks in an attempt to see God’s hand in my life and be ‘vertically inclined’. I am blessed with a great family, great friends, a great job, and (as I am sure you realize) I could go on and on about all the great things God has provided me. Still, I have felt like I have had a full plate of vegetables cooked my least favorite way. Luckily, I survived those long nights at the kitchen counter or 'bar' as we fondly called it. My family had long been done with their dinner as I stared at those last few icky bites. Just as my mom assured me I would live through eating those vegetables, God promises if I trust in Him with all my heart He will guide my path. I am so thankful that God’s amazing grace is enough to save even me! All I have to do is trust in Him and He will lead me. No matter what yucky vegetables are on my plate. God provides direction through all things. Guidance – mark that down as something else God provides.
What do you remember hating but having to eat as a child? Leave a comment below.
Do you ever feel like your plate is full? Do you ever have lots of things happening in life that you're not super fond of? Do you ask God to provide direction through those challenges?