“Remain in me and I will remain in you..Those who remain in me, and I on them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5
As I read this verse today in Chapter 6 of “Stressed-Less Living”, it touches me in a way it never has it before. Maybe it’s the translation. Maybe it’s the timing. Maybe it’s my heart and my hands are open.
And God is speaking.
I encountered pride again today. Where I always do.
In my work life.
In the pride I have in what and for what I do.
I allowed myself to be tempted by the chance at interviewing to return to a job I left two years ago because God told me to leave. The stress I was feeling there was consuming me and Satan was having a field day with my life.
So I walked away then.
Into a place where I could heal and where I could listen for God’s voice. It was His place for me for that time, but not for now.
Why now was I trying to go back to what I knew wasn’t right for me?
Pride. It’s that simple.
What this journey has allowed me to do was to realize that because of pride I was walking outside the will of God for my life. That is such a gut-wrenching feeling. To know you’ve missed God’s plan.
And, to be too proud to ask to come back.
But that’s what I did.
I know where God wants me. I know what His plan is.
I am not going to let pride continue to stand between me and it.
But today, I almost blew it. again.
That place with all the stress. They called me to interview.
I said yes.
But the closer it got to the interview time, the bigger the knots in my stomach became.
So I walked away from the opportunity.
And right back into the arms of God.
To produce fruit.
To live the life God has for me.
And I’m ready for Satan.
Pray with me, will you.
Pray that God’s hedge of protection will be around me and that I will focus on God, not me.