We had come to a conclusion; the blueberry crop was poor. You see, every year my husband and I join my parents, sister, and brother-in-law at their rustic cabin in northern Saskatchewan. While the menfolk go hunting (well, fishing), we womenfolk go out gathering (berry picking). This year the usual berry patches were sparse. But we were determined, we persisted, squatting down to pick puny berries from the bottom of scraggly brushes. In fact, we were so focused that when a passing group of hikers told us about berries further down the path, their advice fell on deaf ears. After hours and hours (so it seemed) of back-breaking work, the three of us had gathered just enough berries for pancakes. Feeling the need to stretch our stooped backs, we walked on a bit more. As we rounded the corner and entered an area previously blackened by fire, we were pleased to see it green with regrowth. Guess what was greening it? Blueberry bushes! Many, many blueberry bushes, with easy to pick, big juicy berries on the top branches. Almost in unison we said, “Ahh, we should have walked on a bit further.”
It is good, I think, to be focused on a task, to have a plan and complete it. But sometimes in the carrying out of the plan we lose our purpose. We were fixated on picking those berries. Unfortunately, during the process we didn’t heed the suggestions of others and consequently, failed to walk on. Our conclusion was premature, our energy misdirected, and we missed the abundance just around the corner.
In our case, it was only berries, and the berry picking resumed in the awesome berry patch later in the week. But this experience has caused me to pause and wonder about my focus, particularly, as I enter a very busy fall season. Is my energy directed correctly? Do I need to walk on in a certain area? Perhaps there is something I need to say yes to and conversely, something I need to say no to. It seems to me that we need to put just as much energy into choosing the right purpose as needed in the carrying out of that purpose.
Oh, that we might know the Lord!
Let us press on to know him.
He will respond to us as surely as the arrival of dawn
or the coming of rains in early spring. Hosea 6:3
Hosea 6:3 provides direction. Hosea is expressing a deep desire for us to know the Lord. He is also hinting that knowing the Lord requires directed energy. And it is with confident surety that Hosea notes the certainty of a response from God.
Hosea 6:3 is our Women’s Ministries theme verse for the upcoming year. Our focus will be on knowing God. I want my heart’s cry to be as Hosea’s, “Oh that I might know the Lord!” I invite you to join me, both in your personal life and by choosing the appropriate opportunity from the many that will be offered this fall.*
Prayer: Lord, help me to pause–even as the activity of the fall season confronts me–to check my purpose. Are there tasks I need to look up from? Do I need to walk on a bit further in a certain area? Most importantly, is my energy directed towards you? Create in my heart a deep desire to know you. Amen.
*Visit the Women’s page of the FAC website, or read more on this site to learn more about upcoming fall opportunities.