I couldn't help but think about this scripture as I was putting up Red Pickle rings from the cucumbers we had managed to grow in our little garden. And I say MANAGED because the rain we have consumed basically drowned our little garden out this season with exception of a few tomatoes and squash. BUT cucumbers was plentiful for us this season so PICKLES was made!
As a girl growing up we canned and froze everything and had acres upon acres of veggies and I loathed that time of the year! I knew it meant work and lots of it. Gardening as an adult has been a joy because #1 I don't have to do it...I just like to do it! There is a difference between have too and want too isn't there? But it is still lots of work.....
I know that The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it according to Genesis 2:15 and here I was (WOMAN) standing there at that kitchen counter peeling and peeling and peeling for just a few pickles! I kept thinking; the WORD said God took the MAN!!!! But He also says "The LORD God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him." Genesis 2:18
So HELPER I was to my man! He tilted, fertilized and groomed the garden so the least I could do for him was the canning part...RIGHT?
I was so tempted to toss a few cukes in the garbage as I was scooping out those seeds I can assure you! Wonder if the Lord has ever thought, "Think I will just toss this one out cause she seems to be a "tiring job" for me to train in the way she should go?
Or maybe, "All this work and little production isn't paying off!
Sometimes the Lord just wants us to sit a while...you know what I mean? Sometimes we just need to "Be Still, and know that He is God! Psalm 46:10
During that "Sitting time" a lot of things can happen! We might actually learn something about ourselves...or better yet, about HIM!
Something beautiful begins to happen when we take the time to sit at His feet....We change! Our thoughts, our words and our actions change.
Having our quiet time with the Lord makes us not only feel different but look different! Did you know you will even look different when you make the time for Jesus?
A smile appears where this was a frown. Your soul begins to do the Happy Dance. Your whole countenance seems to change......
I don't know about you but I am so grateful that my Lord doesn't "just" simply toss me out when I don't seem so productive for Him. I most grateful when I discipline myself to RELAX and SIT at His feet for a while! Amazing at the outcome.............
God loves us just like we are my friends....but He doesn't want to leave us where we are! Take some time today to sit at His feet! Amazing at the outcome!
P.S. Guess what I am eating right about now?
Hugs and blessings, Cindy
Recipe if interested: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/christmas-red-pickles/
YES, time consuming but oh so good!