This morning I was speaking with my husband about how my 5 month old is trying to fight his 20 minute morning nap. Lemme just mention he is fighting every other nap as well. I hate to hear my babies crying, I told my husband I think I'm just gonna have to let him cry. My husband said "yeah, you're just going to have to endure". I started thinking about that word "enduring" and I asked myself how good am I at that? I'm not that good at it, lemme tell you right now. My attention was turned to the parable of the sower in Matthew 13, starting at verse 18. In this parable Jesus speaks of 4 different people. People who hear the word of the Kingdom and don't understand it. Then there is the person who immediately receives the word with joy but he has not root in himself so when persecution and tribulation arise because of the word, he stumbles. The third person hears the word and the cares of this world and the deceitfullness of riches choke the word and he becomes unfruitful. The fourth person hears the word, understands it and indeed bears fruit. I can really relate tot he 2nd and 3rd person mentioned in these scriptures. It reminds me of 2 things:
1. As you walk with God and receive revelation from His word it is important to meditate on it and let it seap down deep into your heart so it can from roots. Don't jump on things to fast before you have some roots to hold you down. That's why it's so important to wait before you act on something to make sure you are hearing from God. If you do before you are confident that it's God, then you will surely stumble.
2. If you allow the "cares of the world" to come into your hearing along with the word of God, it will choke the word of God and you will become unfruitful.
What I get from this is that I need to go slow and let things take root in me; but I also need to guard what the Lord says to me.