With all the challenges of life come glimpses of Eternity. I think they come in sparks of inspiration at some of the most common moment. That is how the Spirit works. I'm sure of it. This article: “And upon the Handmaids in Those Days Will I Pour Out My Spirit” , brought to mind this watering can and my son. It was one of those moments that would easily pass by as just another common place event, if I didn't listen to that Divine whisper into my heart.
Those familiar with our many adventures may be aware of the fact that we have been working on a family garden this year...from seeds. There are some members of the family that pay "fleeting" attention to the job, and others who have become passionate about the work. My seven year old, nicknamed Face, in particular has found a distinct personal inclination to pay unwavering attention to the project. I've found it spectacular, that one so young would take it so seriously. His little arms are hardly strong enough to hold the full watering can and yet he prefers to fill it and with much effort, raise it over the tender young plants. This he will do without fail until the last plant has had it's life giving liquid. Why not use a sprinkler? Why not just walk with the water hose?
I asked him only once why he did it this way. His reply, "I'm making rain for Heavenly Father". He didn't want the water to fall too hard. He didn't want it to flood them. He wanted to do what he imagined a loving Father would do for his young growing seeds. Flow, ever so sweetly, so they could absorb and appreciate it. Each one according to it's needs got personal attention. Isn't that how it should be? God doesn't pour down blanket answers to His children...he hand delivers healing waters tenderly to each one, according to our needs. It may not be what we want or understand at the time, but it is always exactly made for us to learn and grow. Someday you may have to ask the Lord yourself why he did it this way. I just know His watering can...will never be empty, or cold, or leave us withering to die. It will always heal us, lift us, and help us reach our fullest potential. Julie B. Beck said it best, "Because personal revelation is a constantly renewable source of strength, it is possible to feel bathed in help even during turbulent times."
The Spirit is a watering can for your soul.
That's all I have to say about that.
How beautiful. What a sweet child "Face" is. I so enjoy your blog.
Right on target! Quicker, faster, bigger is not always the way things need to be done to appreciate lessons such as those from our children- be they our offspring or gifts of acquaintance. God IS good all the time.- Carol in KS
You made me cry again! Well worded, my friend. Well said.
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