As I can I want to offer a fresh word of encouragement sharing from my experience how our Father God meets us in the middle of loving and living out our faith to draw others to freedom. The road to freedom can seem long and hard not unlike the experiences of those living as refugees from war torn nations, those walking out of years of abuse and pain in broken relationships, those facing the reality check that comes with unplanned pregnancy, and the great journey to healing from trauma. I fully believe we are offered so much more than we ever experience as Christ followers. We settle for a life in bondage to the elemental nature of this world and continue to live as Hagar when in fact we are daughters of Sarah.

Galatians 4:31
31 So, brothers [and sisters], we are children not of the slave woman, but of the free woman.

 

21 All your people will be righteous
    and will permanently possess the land.
    I planted them there as a tender sapling,
    the work of my own hands to display my glory.
22 I will multiply the least of you into a thousand
    and the weakest one into a mighty nation.
    I am Yahweh, and when the right time comes,
    I will accomplish it swiftly!”

Isaiah 60:21-22

 

Recently my mother gave my daughter a plumeria branch to root and grow.  I found it most interesting that the best way to do so is simply by placing in soil and keeping in the light and warmth.  I find this illustration to be such a clear example of what I have learned through many seasons of walking with women in day to day living.  So many times running ahead thinking I need to "water" and "touch" daily in order to see growth when in reality many women come as that branch: cut off, bare without roots or leaves.  Why do I think my job is to soak them when there are no roots to take up the water?  What will be accomplished by pulling it up everyday to see if there is a root forming?  Why do I think I have to disturb and control when really the best that can be offered is the right conditions :  soil that has been prepared by the Holy Spirit, light water to provide initial moisture, and a place of warmth and light to sit and let the unseen work begin. As a housing ministry this is what our homes should be places with prepared soil full of light and warmth.  Just as the tree will begin to root in these conditions when left undisturbed so the Holy Spirit is allowed to work when I stop interfering and simply do my part to keep the atmosphere and conditions clear of disturbances, warm and allow the light to enter.  The Lord is the one moving in their hearts to remain in these conditions and He is the only one who can cause the rooting to begin...then it is time to water...then is when the growth will begin.  How we fight and demand growth when it is not ready, before it is time and before this initial rest in the right conditions.  The discipline of starting this process again and again can feel tiresome and this trust that the Lord is working when I cannot see it can be trying.  Yet, again and again I see the fruit of starting at the beginning and pulling back from pulling out every tool, every process, every path to healing and starting in this place of rest and trust.  

 

Luke 8:8 The Passion Translation (TPT)

Yet some of the seed fell into good, fertile soil, and it grew and flourished until it produced more than a hundredfold harvest, a bumper crop.” Then Jesus added, shouting out to all who would hear, “Listen with your heart and you will understand!”