“Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.” – Galatians 6:7-8
I’ve had this image in my mind the last few days – a woman sitting on a rocking chair on a porch of a farmhouse. Her eyes are closed but her hands rest on an open Bible. Palms flat. The leather book is worn and the pages are overflowing with notes, and answered prayers. The smile and the peace written all over her face is what get me: she is radiant.
I want to be her. To be a woman of the Word and a prayer warrior. It’s a good ambition and there are seasons of my life when I feel like I’m making my way towards becoming that kind of woman. But the last two weeks haven’t been like that. It was difficult for me to admit, but based on the way I’ve been spending my time, I am not her. I had my excuses for letting my prayer life and Bible study lapse.
The seeds I was planting were not going to give rise to that vision any time soon. Wanting to be her wasn’t enough. I needed to actually do the work each day. To open my Bible and study the Word, instead of passively and quickly scanning the pages. To get on my knees and talk with God through all my questions, needs and to carry others in prayer who desperately need it.
This is how that woman came to be – she spent a lifetime living out what she read in the Bible. Her and God – they walked through this life together. He was her Counselor, Friend, Father, King, Comforter and her first love. May we be her, today and every day of our lives.