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.