The rain and coolness is making me wish for sunnier and warmer days! This desire was compounded by a few other things. One, it’s November and that means we are entering a few months of colder weather. Each night as I watch the Golden Girls and Frasier, Hallmark reminds me through a scrolling message at the bottom of the screen that we are entering the unyielding season of holiday movies ad nauseam. Besides the hustle and bustle, again, the weather outside is frightful! I’m grateful for pictures because they enable us to reconnect visually with memories. Scrolling through my phone, I witnessed an occurrence that was fascinating to me, so much so, I took a picture. As I sat in the sand, taking in God’s glory, I watched a couple feeding birds on the beach. The more they fed, the more the birds flocked. Even when they were out of food, the birds continued to journey with them. I recall writing down a thought, promising to blog about it later, so here goes. What are you attracting?
Are you attracting those that need love following a life of abuse and disappointment? Are you attracting those who give abundantly to others and in the process, desire a bit of encouragement and affirmation for self? Are you attracting negativity, because people that are carriers of it find that you indeed are a host of disappointment thereby taking solace in you? The enemy of our soul desires for us to not only attract negativity, but dwell in it! Although he is indeed busy and should take several seats (and will in hell), the only seat we must concern ourselves with is the one that belongs to our Redeemer sitting at the right hand of God. The only way we can give what is needed to others, is to be connected and attracted to Jesus….daily!
If I’m honest, the attraction is not always, “a day at the beach.” I know God loves me, but tis true that when things are not going the way “I’d prefer,” I secretly believe he must be seeing someone on the side. Scrolling through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram “reading the virtual blessings of God,” makes me wonder when he will pay a visit to my neighborhood. However, those times pass quickly because I’ve spent time attracting the Holy Spirit to dwell in me; and when I began wavering and doubting, I am reminded of just how blessed I am. God chose me! He saw beyond my 79th street attitude, my hurt from loosing a father so early in life, my exhaustion from rearing a child alone, my limited finances in comparison to my extended expenses and my disobedience to say, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee,” (Jeremiah 31:3).
He draws us when we are not walking out our purpose. He draws us through bad decisions we make. He draws us when we are unforgiving to others, while he is being forgiving to us. He draws us when we read his Word. He draws us when we are worshipping, praising and giving him glory. He draws us when we help others. He draws us when we listen to others. He draws us when we share our testimonies and our pain. He draws us when we demonstrate to the world that our hope and survival is rooted in him. In the dictionary, the word draw is defined as, “to cause to move continuously toward or after a force applied in advance.” The force applied in advance is Jesus going to Calvary. At that moment, he fulfilled John 12:32, “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
If the Lord allows, we have some 60 days left in 2015. In these remaining days, let us determine what we will attract! Let’s turn our attention to what we need to give, rather than receive. I’m confident that as we go forth in doing the work of the Kingdom, God will take notice and send forth his attraction toward us through peace, joy, love, abundance, assurance, affirmation, encouragement and strength. Let’s go feed the masses!