A shoot shall come out from the stump of Jesse,
and a branch shall grow out of his roots.
The spirit of the LORD shall rest on him,
the spirit of wisdom and understanding,
the spirit of counsel and might,
the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the LORD.
Isaiah 11:1-2 (New Revised Standard Version)
This scripture reminds me of new beginnings. Plants sprouting from roots, animals and humans being born. All shall have the Creating Spirit of the LORD rest upon them. I am like a branch of my mother. Just as the Holy Spirit provided shelter and protected her, so am I sheltered and protected by the Spirit. The Spirit guided her as I am guided by the Spirit. She was a smart woman with more common sense than learned education. I consider myself to have a more learned education, but common sense often provides appropriate results. Just as the Spirit rested on her, I am comforted that the Spirit rests on me.
Today, when I face challenges, I rely on the LORD to provide the wisdom and understanding to resolve the situation. I start from scratch, breaking the challenge down to its simplest form. Then with the Spirit as my guide, I reflect on each part, piece by piece, until the challenge is resolved. This process requires patience and listening to the Spirit. When I try to rush to a conclusion, generally the result is a disaster. When I trust in the Spirit, the result is not only correct, but satisfying.
Prayer: LORD, continue to give me the strength and wisdom to be a light for shoots to come. Amen.
Florzell – Cohort 3: Inspire. Ignite. Invite.
Bethel Lutheran Church, Gary, IN