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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Friday, February 22, 2013

On Our Own Terms

I was feeding my son's guinea pig a few moments ago. She's an antisocial pet, except with my youngest. Whenever he holds her, she loves to snuggle up next to him, or crawl in the pocket of his robe. She definitely has a connection with him. So when I went to feed her, she did what she typically does---runs and hides in her cage, trying to avoid my touch.

Since my son wasn't here to love on her, I made a point of petting and talking to her. She tolerated it, but I could tell she wasn't liking it one bit. As soon as I closed the door to her cage, she took one sniff of her food and then ran to the wire frame, standing on her hind legs, wanting attention. She desired affection on her own terms.

Her actions reminded me so much of how we often tend to be in our Christan life. We want things our own way, and on our own conditions. We want God to give us patience, and to do it right NOW. We desire to be changed, but then don't enjoy the trials we face to bring about that change. We need to turn our eyes to the Lord, and seek out His terms instead of demanding our own. Only then will we truly learn what He has for us.


Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Hello! I'm stopping by to catch up a little! Since my husband is retired and home a lot I don't get to read my favorite blogs like I did when he was working nights!

This is such good advice here today. And I see it in my own life. Wanting to call the shots instead of searching God's Word and seeing what He wants me to do!

Thanks for a good word today! Mississippi

Digging for Pearls said...

Hi Marilyn. Welcome back. :)

I think this lesson is one that women find difficult since we desire to run the show. I'm on the journey to learning to respond better in situations.

Thanks for stopping by.