I often sit in my kitchen gazing out the window at the big tree in my yard. Upon gazing I always am amazed at the squirrels going about their day playing, storing or retrieving food out of my landscape or looking to see what it is they should be doing next. I am marveled at God’s creation and how the squirrels are so confident, focused and tenacious about fulfilling their purpose, not allowing anyone or anything detour them from accomplishing that purpose.
Not only am I amazed at the work the squirrels put in, but I often see rabbits appear out of nowhere then quickly disappear, with the thought, what are they doing and where are they going. At night our motion light sometimes comes on and my husband and I say to each other I wonder what type of animal is out there. By morning when we let Charlie Brown out (our Beagle) he catches a scent and off he goes as if he is in an obstacle course. The culprit of the illuminated motion light, the rabbit, evidence by the hole he has burrowed in our backyard. My husband is a stickler about his yard, he said “that rabbit is tearing up my yard.” I laughed to myself, not because the rabbit is tearing up the grass by making his home in the middle of the yard. But because in my spirit God was showing me, I didn’t just allow the rabbit to make a hole, the analogy of the hole represents a quiet safe secret place. Hmmmm, with a raise eyebrow!
These two creatures are God’s way of showing or should I say reminding me that I too should be just at tenacious in making sure I intentionally take the time not only to burrow out my quiet place to ensure there are no distractions in order for me to receive daily instructions from God, but to allow my spirit to be open and ready to receive His instructions on how to walk in and fulfill His purpose in spite of the many surrounding distractions.
Be like the squirrel, if the space where their stored food has been compromised, they move the food to another discreet location. Thus, if you have people and or situations compromising your purpose move yourself to a discreet location, then find your burrow (like the rabbit) for further instructions.
PearlstoPonder: Daily seek out a quiet safe secret space to stay connected with God for daily guidance.
Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say[to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
Ladies, if you are like me, we all have that one pot that looks like it should be thrown away. The outside is burned beyond recognition and the beauty of the pot is no longer apparent. However, when asked why do you keep that pot, better yet why do you continue to use that pot. My response is “because of the way it cooks and makes my food taste. “
While in the kitchen one day preparing to use the aforementioned pot, I audibly heard God speak to me. “Sometimes your purpose doesn’t come into full fruition until you are a seasoned pot.” My eyebrow went up and my thoughts were hmmmm. God has a purpose for each of us, He allows us and needs us to go through the fire like a cast iron skillet which only gets better over time the more it’s heated the better it cooks, or better said the better its purpose.
As women the more we’re heated (test and trials) the better equipped we will be to fully function within our God given purpose. I know, no one really wants to go through test and trials, but yet we all want to walk in our calling and purpose. In order to be effective in what we do we must be calibrated to the right temperature, we must be able to withstand the heat of our purpose. When we first purchased that new pot, it was shiny and pretty almost to the point where you didn’t want to use it, you took extra care in washing it to make sure all the grime was removed. But over time the new pot had endured many uses and withstood the high temperatures not to mention it was no longer shiny and pretty. However, you noticed this once beautiful pot has now become more meaningful to you not because of its beauty but because of it’s completed purpose. This is what God was showing me that day in the kitchen. It’s beautiful to acknowledge that you know what God’s purpose is in your life but it doesn’t become beautifully meaningful until you’ve experienced the heat of becoming a “seasoned pot” that prepares you to function in that purpose not in your own will and knowledge but in the will and knowledge of God thorough the guidance of The Holy Spirit.
So, during the process of becoming a “seasoned pot” the pot at times will become extremely hot and the temperature may need to be adjusted to allow for the proper cooking temperature. God does the same thing with us, He will allow the heat to be turned up and when needed adjust the heat to make sure we are at the perfect temperature equipping us for His perfect will.
Pearl to Ponder: No matter how hot the pot gets leave it (yourself) on the fire in ordered to become a “seasoned pot” not for your glory but for God’s glory.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed
You begin to murmur and complain but no one hears you because the murmuring and complaining is internal. You have a smile on your face and you continue to go about your day doing as you’ve always done including but not limited to supporting family and friends in words and deeds. But internally you are full of murmurs, no one audibly hears you but in the back of your mind you know God hears and sees all. The scripture that specifically talks about murmuring and complaining (Philippians 2:14) passes through your brain but is quickly overshadowed with more murmuring and complaining.
Does this sound like you? Well, at one point this was me!
In the midst of my murmuring and complaining I realized (The Holy Spirit revealed) the true meaning of the scripture Philippians 2:14. This scripture is telling us not to murmur and complain because God is working in us to will and to do for His purpose, meaning we must possess a heart of fear and trembling out of reverence and respect because we don’t know all the sacrifices required to complete God’s will. Although we may not like or agree with the sacrifices, they are needed because it is God who is producing the will and the do for us to be equipped to fulfill His purpose. Therefore, there is no need to murmur and complain about the difficult challenges in spite of how we feel about them because God is allowing challenges for our own good to purge things, thoughts, situations, and people (and in many cases self) who will be a hinderance or distraction to fulfilling His purpose.
So, when the enemy presents you with the internal and/or external spirit of murmuring and complaining due to what you perceive is not going your way boldly proclaim and remind the enemy that God has a purpose for you to fulfill. Remember, murmuring and complaining about the challenge will only delay your will for God’s purpose!
Pearlstoponder: God’s purpose should ALWAYS override our purpose and feelings!
Let me give you a little insight as to why I wanted to start blogging and why I chose the blog name PEARLSTOPONDER. As women there are so many different seasons we experience in life, some great, some good, some bad and some are AHHHHHH moments. I must admit I have experienced all of the above. To be honest while in the midst of each season I did not have another woman that I could genuinely confide in who was in that season at the same time or had successfully weathered that season. One day I was praying (or should I say complaining) to God as to why He had not given me a mentor to talk to on a regular basis. I clearly heard “because I want you to fully RELY on me” and to bring all your cares, complaints, irritabilities, etc. to me and not RELY on someone you can vent to.”
Let’s be real, as women there are times when we want someone to co-sign our pity party. While during this prayer time I was prompted to read 2 Kings 1-5 when Elisha asked for a double portion of Elijah’s blessings. The correlation to that passage of scripture and the seasons aforementioned had me to see not just the miracles(God bringing me out of a particular season) Elisha was able to perform but his humility, reliance and obedience to fulfil God’s purpose of confronting and exposing whatever season I am in with the forethought of being able to show compassion to women as well as be a witness to what it means to fully RELY on God in that season.
Why PEARLSTOPONDER? In order for a pearl to become that beautiful gem we see in the jewelry store it first must first go through the muck & mire of the ocean floor. But in spite of all the turmoil it endures (while inside the shell) in the end the smooth polished finish is something desired.
As with us no matter what turmoil we endure, we must remember we are safe inside the arms of God and we too in the end (of any season) will be smooth and polished and something to be desired!
PEARLTOPONDER:I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;my soul knows it very well. (Psalm 139:14)
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