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What If…? It’s All About the Gardener

DAN_9089As I walked a familiar path, I pondered my goals and pursuits — the progress or lack thereof, the advances and obstacles.  Were my efforts having the desired effects?  Were my primary purposes being met?  These were pursuits I know God had led me to, called on me to participate in.  Yet, while I could point to advances I had made, I couldn’t see tangible results I believed were God’s greater purposes.  I could hear in my mind, “If only…” “If only this project were to reach that point, then it would be successful.”  “If only I could get beyond this or that, I could really make a difference.”  “If only…”

I recently wrote an article on how the phrase “If only” is a red flag for the temptation to reach beyond what God is already doing, to jump out ahead or create my own plan when things aren’t as I think they ought to be.  On my walk, my own “If onlys” echoed through the trees.  I knew I needed to repent.  When I did, God responded in His typical fashion with patience, understanding, gentleness and fatherly love. (more…)