Will I grab for it, or will I listen for it?
Salt was flying.
Sugar was spilling.
Baking powder was pouring.
Small hands were grabbing and snatching and dumping.
Ingredients jettisoning all over the kitchen.
A mommy was attempting baking…
…with an overly eager two year old and four year old.
Those little boys were so eager to help me make “gooten fwee bwownies” (Gluten Free history here)
that they were a little TOO eager.
For they were snatching things up and dumping things in and spilling things over and in their zeal, they were actually ruining the brownies they so desired to make.
“Boys, boys! You have to wait patiently, and listen to mommy, and step by step I will tell you what to do. If you don’t wait for instruction, you will ruin the brownies.”
And in that moment, I was the prophet.
Speaking, “Thus sayeth the Lord”
to a heart that needed to hear it.
For so often I long for the end result (yummy, Gluten Free brownies? or an influence in people’s lives for the sake of the Gospel? or a home that is well-run with lots of discipleship happening in it? or a house that needs to hurry-up-and-get-renovated-because-I’m-suppose-to-be-moving-my-kids-into-it-in-three-weeks? or a church to plant in a neighborhood I have a lot to learn from?)
But just like those boys, I’m grabbing and dumping and trying to outrace the other set of hands in order to try to accomplish things in my own, limited understanding.
But if I would just wait patiently in the presence of the Lord.
and listen for His voice
and expect to receive step by step instructions
and then DO them.
Then beautiful, powerful, and significant-for-the-Kingdom things will happen.
Sort of like those “gooten fwee bwownies” those little boys so proudly produced.
I find set before me more ingredients and possibilities and to-do’s than any one person could possibly manage. Grant me the grace to enter into each day with a heart attitude of “you know the recipe, Lord, and I won’t touch or do or add anything unless your voice whispers, “now add this” and “it’s time to do this”. So often I’m asking you to help me “get all this done!” but right now I ask you to help me hear Your voice. May I only touch what you tell me to touch, and do what you tell me to do. I believe and trust that you are creating something wonderful and I want to be a willing participant in it’s accomplishment, not a hindrance to it. I’m trusting you for the recipe, Lord.
Be still before the Lord, wait patiently for Him.
And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your path straight.