Another Tuesday. It’s what I call a “scoot day”; it leads to Wednesday one of my favorite days because of (amongst other things) our Midday service at church. Nothing special about this day, routine stuff.
We’re always looking forward to next week, what our long term plan is aren’t we? There’s nothing wrong with that. It beats looking back right? Here’s the problem…with me anyway. Sometimes I’m so focused on forward I miss the NOW. The Lord stopped me this morning while going through my routine to get done what I needed to, to get where I needed to go. “STOP! You’re going to miss it!” To which I replied, “Lord, it’s only Tuesday.”
What’s around me today that He has brought me? What’s the Word? What’s my prayer? What am I missing? In the most mundane there’s the miracle of His presence, those little nudges that let you know He’s with you. Don’t miss those personal things: the song that lets you know He’s tuned in to you, the hummingbirds outside the window, the sunrise He painted just for you. It’s all personal; it all can have special meaning because your eyes are the only ones that see it the way you do.
The thing is, we have to decide that it means something. We have to take it in not just pass it by as nothing. Stop for a minute. Just because the ordinary awaits doesn’t mean the extraordinary can’t be found. Don’t miss it!
We had some storms roll through early this morning which knocked the satellite out for several hours. After the storms passed and after rebooting and doing all the normal things to get it back on, there was still no signal so I called and requested a service call.
I have a beautiful rose bush right beside the satellite which has grown a lot through the summer. It’s been there for years and it has never caused a problem with reception before. When asked if there was anything obstructing the signal I mentioned the rose bush and actually argued with the technician telling him it’s been there for years, never caused a problem, etc. After a five minute back and forth he encouraged me to cut it back and so with hesitation I cut some branches back. Lo and behold, the signal returned.
Here’s our lesson. Had I been unwilling to cut some branches and thin out the rose bush we wouldn’t have TV reception. Where I live, satellite is my only option. Though the bush had been there for years and the same branches were around it, without my knowledge and obscured from my viewpoint it had become thicker where the satellite receiver thingy is and prevented a signal reception because the rain made the branches heavier. I had to cut them and remove them in order to receive. I was sure I was right as everything was, in my view, like it always was and the person advising was right. My bad.
We musn’t assume that because things have always been the way they are that some changes don’t need to be made and something, someone or the way you do what you do needs to be “cut”. When the “technician” (in this case God) tells you to try something new or to cut something, be willing to try. If Jesus is the Lord of your life, He governs BUT you always have the choice to keep things just as they are.
Had I not cut the branches we wouldn’t have television. That’s not a life-changer but nonetheless we would be “without”. Are you willing to cut? I finally was, and now I have a strong signal.
Lord Jesus, give us attentive and willing hearts to change & cut whatever you say cut for a better & clearer signal to You!