WHERE DOES ORDER COME FROM? OUT OF THIS CHAOTIC WORLD HOW DO WE COME UP FOR A GULP OF AIR, LET ALONE FIND FIFTEEN MINUTES TO:
TEND THE GARDENOne of the coolest things in the Bible to me is when Jesus calmed the storm. The Disciples were in the boat with the MASTER...did they think He was going to let them drown? I'm not sure but anyway they freaked. Jesus woke up, said, "Oh, ye of little faith." Translation: Chill, this is a teachable moment, and then told the storm to calm down. Out of lightening, waves, wind, came perfect calm.
How can we get that into our daily routine. We have to practice. We have, through Christ the same ability to speak to ANY storm, wind, wave, crises, emergency in our lives the way Jesus spoke to the storm. But we don't get it overnight. It is a learned experience. That's why we have so many trials and tribulations; so we can practice becoming more Christlike. And we are told to Count it all joy when these diverse (Different) weird emergencies happen. Welcome them. This is a time when you can go to the Heart and calm the seas of your life.
That's right: THE HEART. THE HEART OF THE MATTER. Look at all of the scriptures concerning matters of the HEART. Read them and think on them this next week. See what Jesus taught about Treasures and the HEART.
If in the Chaos and Briar Patch of life, we can WEED EAT A PATCH out in the middle of the Garden, we can set our HEARTS RIGHT, in that place. It may not show externally for many days, and it may not change externally this side of Heaven. But how we approach it, our attitude about it, and the way Whatever it is affects us, WILL CHANGE.
IT WILL BE MORE PEACEFUL & STILL!
WE WILL HAVE LEARNED A SIGNIFICANT LIFE LESSON WHEN WE GET TO THE POINT THAT WE REALIZE THIS SIGNIFICANT PRINCIPLE:
THE DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE OF OUR INNER GARDEN, OUR SPIRIT; IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT FUNCTION OF OUR EXISTENCE. MacDonald, G. Ordering Your Private World, p 25.
Please read that again. Even more important than your Children and Husband or Wife, is this principle. You cannot Give, Love Nurture, Heal or Minister when the Well is dry. You need to be in tip top shape mentally and physically and especially Spiritually to be able to say:
Stop! Hold Everything! Be Still!-----and it obeys you!
You have just come up for a gulp of fresh air in the world of chaos. When all about you are losing their heads, yours is becoming crystal clear. Over your morning Coffee, before you go to sleep, during your walk.....WHENEVER...take 15 minutes a day to tend to the Heart of the Matter. Be still and know that He is God. Let HIM lead you into the day instead of rushing headlong out into it!
We will learn this and practice this more as we go along....but do it for one week. Pick one scripture about the Heart- anyone, from the Gospels to Psalms...one that hits YOU, and read it every day next week and spend 15 minutes just quietly sitting and thinking about quieting your INNER GARDEN. Just try it and see what happens. You may want to have a pen and paper handy just to jot down any random thoughts that POP into your head.