By Itself

Mark 4:28
The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.

The other day I listened to my daughter read our Lenten devotional. I remember the struggle reading was for her years ago. Now she is doing so well. I know time, her own effort, and the work of gifted teachers all contributed to this, but it still seems to have just happened. Now she can read. So many things in life are like this. We don’t need to tamper with them. We don’t need to overwork them or strive. It’s when my daughter stopped trying so hard that she started having fun with reading. Relationships might benefit from this “by itself” approach. If you spend time with and try to improve your relationship with someone, it often just happens. Whether it be the Lord or your spouse or your neighbor, sometimes you can stop trying so hard and let the processes God has put into place take effect. It’s called trust. I’ve seen people, families, and churches grow by themselves. In fact, some of the best things in life happen this way. God is the One who makes them happen, of course, but He often performs his work in story form. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end. If you’re at the beginning, you cannot skip to the end. If you walk through the story chapter by chapter, however, you’ll get through the whole book. As long as everything is in place, the story just happens. It’s a beautiful thing.

Lord, help me let go and let things happen. You are God. I am not. Things take the time they take. It’s a matter of me trusting You, doing what I can, and being where I am while not trying to be somewhere or someone else. Teach me to be satisfied in and with You now, in Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

 

 

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