Many times we may think that the best course of action is to plough forward into the task and worry about the details later. But God’s work is done day by day, a little at a time or perhaps moments of suddenness. We had some “red hot pokers” as we called them in the garden. The pictures of them are wondrous. They caught some disease – at least that is what appeared to happen to them, I pruned this deceased parts back and they never regrew. So a year later I plant some more in a different place but they do not flourish. I didn’t ask God for help and an action fails for the present.
I have often asked how can something be bringing glory to God, only for when I pray and ask that very question to God, He turns the project around so that it does bring glory to him in unusual ways, over time or in sudden bursts. Is that a test of if God is at work, has it developed over time in a way that it could not have been by my own work.
I started the day in prayer and I had a message in my head about the rhythm of nature. How nature is at work in all seasons and how there is something appearing all the time to glorify God. I had left the mud hut for some weeks and not disturbed it, mainly because of the rains and also the season of Christmas as a musician being extremely busy. I have spied squirrels which are quite common and birds on the roof, but today I found bats nesting inside. These are not unusual but it does excite me that nature is at work when we leave it to its natural process. God has placed his Spirit within that nature, so here is the evidence. We must enjoy and praise God for what is placed before us.
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
Beauty is around all year and different flowers and natural thing come to fruition at different times. Having patience, praying to God and allowing Him to do His work through us seems to be what Romans 12 is talking about. God will direct nature to repair the red hot pokers, and all other
a-fronts on nature but we must in turn pray to God and glorify him through our daily life focussing on Him. Every single task God wants to be involved in and when that is so it causes moments of suddenness.
Dear Lord, anything I do or have done I place before you tonight so that your glory can shine through with the rhythm of nature.