“And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day.” – Genesis 1:9-13
Caroline Williams started off our morning with God’s creations on the third day. She placed importance on how we, as humans, bear fruit and that we are also “various kinds”, just like the plants and trees. Caroline explains how much she loves this third day because God decided it was time for growth. God scattered seeds to grow; and because He scattered them, He will provide them with the nutrients to sustain life.
I like how she says that the seeds need to accept these nutrients, the light and life of God. As His people, He gives us everything, but it is our job to grab ahold of His abundant life-giving qualities (grace, forgiveness, rest, love, dedication, perseverance, strength, the list could go on!). Growth won’t happen in the right places for the right reasons if God isn’t the center piece. To be specific: Sure, we might work hard in school and land our dream job! But then what? Is that all life is, a title, money to fulfill our endless desires? We need God as our soil so we can grow, but we also need to except His light in order to reproduce it. I don’t know about you, but my world doesn’t run on take take take or give give give; a balance between filling up and pouring out is necessary to succeed in God’s eyes. If God is our soil, He will bear our fruit, and He will ensure that what we pour into others is good and right. It is good and right because He is the great I Am, righteous and perfect.
Throughout our yoga stretches, Caroline relates foundation in God to the foundation of or feet on the mat. Your feet might be sustaining your whole body in this pose, but shift slightly this way to allow your legs to keep you firmly balanced. I see this as opening my mind to God and allowing Him to transform me into someone with a strong faith, a deeper trust than I’ve ever had before. Reading His word, speaking to mentors, and allowing peaceful nights for Him to whisper wisdom are ways I see myself able to reach the life He is offering.
How will you accept this abundant life?