Bare Soul, Fertile Ground
The week comes at me with all of its highs and lows. I spend a few hours on the motorcycle with the love of my life. I get an unexpected phone call, with good news. Something smells in the kitchen and I can’t figure out the cause. Teenagers arrive home with frustrations and bad attitudes, mine quickly matches theirs. I file papers on an issue that I think has worked itself out, only to go right back to the file when events turn.
And the scanner won’t work from my computer, no matter what I do.
I am past the years of diapers, potty training, and sweet baby shampoo. But I am not past that feeling by week’s end of being spent. The bills, the repairs, and the work of caring for all the stuff we have leaves my soul bare.
I need the rejuvenation that comes from family having Friday night to Monday morning without demands. Sunday morning worship and breakfast for dinner on a Friday night. I need the rejuvenation of hot chai in a little coffee shop with my best friend.
Most importantly, I need the love and grace of the Father. To guide me through the highs and lows on a more even keel. To restore my soul by still waters. To show me love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, and self control.
Maybe that bare soul is fertile ground. After all, He is the vine…I will abide in Him.John 15:5-8 “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”