This article makes a good point of the benefits of being spiritually open when the unexpected happens in your daily plans. I must admit that I have not responded as well as I might when things happen to disrupt my plans for the day. From Crosswalk.com…………
This article makes the interesting point that God has designed our weaknesses just as He has our strengths. Thus, we should learn to use our weaknesses to our advantage rather than hiding them away. From DesiringGod.org…………..
“But if I am to be someone’s apprentice, there is one absolutely essential condition. I must be with that person. This is true of the student-teacher relationship in all generality. And it is precisely what it meant to follow Jesus when he was here in human form. To follow him meant, in the first place, to be with him.
If I am Jesus’ disciple that means I am with him to learn from him how to be like him. To take cases from ordinary life, a child learning to multiply and divide numbers is an apprentice to its teacher. Children are with their teachers, learning from them how to be like them in a certain respect—similarly for a student of the piano or voice, of the Spanish language, of tennis, and so forth. The “being-with,” by watching and by hearing, is an absolute necessity. . . .
God can, of course, make himself present to the human mind in any way he chooses. But—for good reasons rooted deeply in the nature of the person and of personal relationships—his preferred way is to speak, to communicate: thus the absolute centrality of scripture to our discipleship. And this, among other things, is the reason why an extensive use of solitude and silence is so basic for growth of the human spirit, for they form an appropriate context for listening and speaking to God.”
This is a thorough and very informative article on a most critical topic: Abiding in Christ. In fact, Jesus said the only way we could grow and bear fruit was to abide in Him. But what does this mean? Here are some answers. From Anchored in Christ……………….