It’s been a while . . . . I’ve been writing like crazy for conferences, classes and books, but on a sabbatical from my blog. However, the Lord is calling me back. Sometimes, we just need to quit things for a while. We need to take time to recharge, renew and find inspiration in new ways. I recently took an online photography/prayer journaling class that has done those things for me. Thank you, Polly & Val!
One of our assignments suggested we take a prayer walk and see what God placed on our hearts. I had never done that with a camera and wasn’t sure what to expect, but God showed up in an incredible and visual way.
As I began to walk, my heart immediately went into prayer for a young woman who had recently made a life-changing decision that will forever leave a scar on her heart. I looked for her story in God’s creation as I walked and prayed for her and her family.
This is what the Lord showed me as I walked. . .
Sometimes we make decisions in life that make us feel so dry, broken and pruned we feel as if we may never recover or produce fruit again. Just like this brittle stump that was clearly devoid of life, but nestled among an arboretum filled with colorful and living flowers and plants.
I prayed God would work in this young woman’s heart, use her pain for His glory, give her a deep trust in His unconditional love and forgiveness for all things. As I walked, my eyes looked up and God gently reminded me that He covers us with His love and protection just like the draping arms of this tree.
And just like the butterfly who starts as a caterpillar, God can take our mess and turn it into a message. He can bring beauty from the ashes and create in a us a new thing through His love, grace, mercy and forgiveness.
The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” Isaiah 40:8
I pray that as we finish up the first part of 2019 you are experiencing God in a new way. If you need a little inspiration or kick start, try something new. Register for a women’s conference, try a new Bible study from someone you have never studied before, take a local or online class that will challenge you to see God in new ways or simply say no to some tasks so you have more time to sit and savor the Word of God and our Heavenly Father’s gentle nudges.