Be Acted Upon
As I sit in mediation and prayer this morning, I look up at the tree that I’m sitting under. I’m thinking about how this tree got here, how it grew to its height and stature it has today. It is a refuge to birds and many creatures,shade for man and beast, a beautiful demonstration of the many seasons of life and color and creative power.
How has it become such a testimony to gods goodness? It did not plant itself nor did it grow of its own accord. Its roots finding nourishment in the ground and its strength to stand tall in the storm, all of this came from its maker. It was in the seed and it was brought to bear upon it.
Our lives are the same. All the we are and will become, all that we need to be all that we were created to be, is already in us. It was placed in the seed. It is being acted upon us by our creator.
This is true of all of nature and it is true of you. So what do we do to be acted upon? We do what we are. We live our lives in each moment allowing God to act upon us, we surrender to this divine activity. When wind comes we stand strong and let our root system take over. When it rains we absorb the refreshing waters and wait for the sun, when it is hot we trust the reserve will get us to cooler days, when we feel the sting of the cold upon our branches, we seek warmth from within until spring returns, when the buds of new life and new opportunities form, we let go of yesterday and move into the newness ahead, when glorious colors of maturity and wisdom shine forth we enjoy the fruit of our labors. All seasons of life, we allow ourselves to be acted upon and we trust that the creator has given us what we need for what is being experienced.