What I want is to walk by the gym door and immediately be transformed into the greatest physical shape possible. I want to pick up the book, hold it by my head, and PRESTO---the knowledge makes the leap into my vacant brain space. I want to have the mountain top experience without dragging my butt up the trail. I want to wave my magic wand and alkazam my home and yard look like House Beautiful. I merely want it all to happen as I visualize without paying any price for that to happen. REALLY--is that asking a lot?
At some point in our lives, most of us have been told, we will not appreciate those things which are handed to us on a silver platter. I for one wish someone would pass the silver platter and let me be the judge of my appreciation factor. What really sounds great is living the good life--large--and never breaking a sweat. OR DOES IT?
When I think back to the best of the best in my life---I realize it all came with a price of hard work, effort, time, and energy at a minimum.
My three children did not merely appear upon wishing on the genie's bottle. We come from a long line of "BIG HEADS". It was no easy task carrying around 8-9 pound babies and then birthing those big heads. But LOOK at the reward for all the pain!
Being a good friend has a price tag--lots of time, lots of living life together, and willingness to sacrifice for one another. The rewards speak volumes in the day to day joy of living life together. What would I do without all the dear friends God has placed in my life?
In most cases, there seems to be a direct correlation between the energy, time, and work we put in to the benefits derived. Be it so simple as cooking or home and hearth to the most complex relationships in our lives, there is surely a scientific law playing out on what goes in affecting the long term results.
I have circled around--back to Beth Moore--the time, effort, and energy we expend in seeking Him has a exponential return of peace, joy, and love. You walk out of her conferences wanting more, only to find when you dig into one of her Bible Studies--it is WORK! He is so pleased when we look for Him that He reveals Himself in real and tangible ways as we grow in His grace and live in His shadow. You can NEVER out give God!
There is no easy way---as we seek Him---so our relationship grows. He has placed the ball in our court and is waiting for us to give it our best. All for His good glory and our great joy.
See the Lord and His strength, seek His face continually.
II Chronicles 16:11