Tuesday, November 22, 2022

“The wilderness and the dry land will be glad; the desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose. It will blossom abundantly and will also rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon. They will see the glory of the Lord, the splendor of our God.”

Isaiah 35:1-2 HCSB

The adage, “Bloom where you are planted,” takes on new color when one awakens to the idea that he is singing praises to the Creator when flourishing in the environment in which God has placed him. From the moment we wake up we have the opportunity to sing praises to God, to worship Him by thriving where you are—physically, emotionally, spiritually, and intellectually. It’s so important He put it into a commandment to us:

“He said to him, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command.”

Matthew 22:37-38 HCSB

We further bring down the glory and majesty of the Lord when we fulfill the next commandment Jesus gave to, “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39

Nature bows to worship God by doing what it was created to do— bloom and grow bountifully. Mankind worships God by fully engaging in the life given by Our Creator, loving God and loving people.

So what do we do when we find ourselves withering in the wilderness instead of thriving as we know we were created to do?

◦ First, we give ourselves the same grace our Heavenly Father gives, and lighten up the pressure to perform.

◦ Next, we turn to our practices that lead us back to Him—time in His Word, meditation, prayer. “But,” you lament, “I’m to weak to pray. The words won’t come.” Just say, “Jesus,” over and over; it’s the prayer that never fails.

◦ Perhaps it’s time to pull out a journal and start writing down whatever He brings to your mind about Scripture and life.

◦ Singing songs of praise and adoration to the Father draws us into His presence. Familiar hymns and choruses are especially soothing to hurting hearts.

◦ Finally, fellowship with other believers is so necessary Paul admonished us to not neglect this practice in Hebrews 10:25.

“I have come so that they may have life and have it in abundance.”

John 10:10 HCSB

Yes, you were made for more, and His heart is calling out to your heart to fully live. 🚦

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