Thursday, January 6, 2011
Stop, Learn, and Do!
When I saw this tree on my walk today, I chuckled and thought, that's the way I feel about my life sometimes. So many places to go, demands to be met, needs to fulfill. Life can be so busy we don't sense the serenity of this tree, but the entanglement of its branches.
That's why I like to ask God how to spend my days. His plan for me is peace. He would not desire that I flail my arms about in every direction. He knows before I wake up what issues I will face that day. He is aware of my days and He knows my years.
So, each January I ask God for a verse--one that will help me be more like Him and feel less entangled in the ways of this world.
Isaiah is one of my favorite Books of the Bible, so in seeking a 2011 scripture, I started there. Voila! There it was. The words jumped out at me as though printed in bold by God's Himself. "Stop bringing me your meaningless offerings!" Isaiah 1:13. It was the "Stop" and the "!" that got my attention. If God says "Stop" and ends with an exclamation point, He wants the reader to take note. Don't you think?
So, what is a meaningless offering? Oh my, the list could get long. Worry, grumbling, and resentment are just the beginning of my list.
For me, it's all about time. How I spend each hour is either a meaningless or a meaningful offering to God. Time is a gift God gives to each of us. How we use that time is our gift back to Him.
I'm not making New Year's resolutions this year, but I am thinking about what I do with the time God gives me. Later in Isaiah 1, I read another "Stop" and noticed another exclamation point. "...Stop doing wrong, learn to do right!" Isaiah 1:16-17. So simple. It isn't difficult to understand how to please God. Just "Stop, learn, and do!"
Isaiah 1:28-30 says that rebels and sinners will be "like a garden without water." That doesn't sound like a splash of serenity to me. May my life in 2011 and forever be filled with meaningful offerings to God as I learn to do right and resist rebellion against His plan for me for 2011.
I don't want to be like that tree lifting empty and cold branches up to God. May my limbs be lush with fruit as God teaches me to do right and I make the most of His offering of time to me. Won't you join me on this quest?
Happy New Year!