Showers of Blessing

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“And in the proper season I will send the showers they need.  There will be showers of blessing.”  Ezekiel 34:26
I found this nugget this morning during my morning Bible reading.  I read through the Bible every year at least once, sometimes twice.  I do different plans and studies.  The more I learn, the hungrier I am.
Everyday, there is at least one verse that jumps out at me.  I always write it in my journal.  It’s one of the ways I hear from God.  I love my time with Him.  It’s having morning coffee with my best friend.
My life is showered with blessings.  From my amazing husband to my writing, it’s a myriad of blessings too many to count.
I’m on staff at my church.  We’re currently reading through “Developing the Leader Within You” by John C. Maxwell.  In last weeks chapter he makes a case that “the good is the  the enemy of the best.”
I’ve been pondering this all week.  I’ve realized he is right.   Good is the enemy of the best.
When your life is showered with blessings, there is a lot of good.  For instance I have three passions:  serving the Lord, teaching children and walking dogs.  I get to do all three of those.  They are time consuming.  I also love to write, which also takes time.
They are all good things, but are they the enemy of what is best?  Which of those is the best?  I can even argue that all of them serve the Lord in some manner.  Obviously, serving the Lord is best, but then the question becomes, how?
I’m not sure what the answer is right now.
Interestingly enough, I read an article today about an employee who informed her company she was taking two mental health days. She emailed it to everyone including her CEO. She said she needed them so that she could come back to work the following week at 100%.  The article had gone viral because the CEO of the company had responded.  He essentially said he wished more people would do what she was doing.
He is right as well.
We all need mental health days.  We all need time to step back from our lives.  Look at them from a distance and determine:  What is best?  We need to ask ourselves, what is good in our lives that is keeping us from the best?
Mark Batterson, pastor of National Community Church in Washington D.C. says it this way:
“Change of pace + Change of place = Change of Perspective”
I realize not everyone is capable of a weekend get-a-way.  It doesn’t always have to be to a different location.  Susanna Wesley, mother of John Wesley who founded the Methodist denomination had 19 children.  All except 10 died in infancy.  She had her own way of changing pace and place to gain new perspective.
She didn’t have the luxury of getting a way.  She didn’t  have the luxury of a mental health day.  She did, however have an apron.  When she needed time away she simply put her apron over her head.  That signaled to her entire family that she was not to be disturbed.  The children all knew that she was praying, it was her time with God.
I bet she was a much nicer Mom when that apron came off of her head…
My point is simple.  It’s important to take time for yourself.  Time to reflect.  Time to think about what is good and what is best.  Time to be with God.  Life is so precious.   It is so easy to waste.  It is only with God’s leading that we can find our true purpose and live our life to the fullest.
The real question then is this:
Do you need to put your apron over your head?

2 thoughts on “Showers of Blessing”

  1. As always, love your insight and wisdom, Beth. Look forward to reading your articles and appreciate your faith and views. Love and miss you so much!

  2. Loved your insight into stepping back and letting God into your life. The visual of a overwhelmed women surrounded by her precious but intense children sitting with her apron over her head to focus on God’s peace and strength was perfect.
    I’ve had my share of “apron” moments. Wish I had thought to pray instead of just be angry.

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