Back and forth, to and fro the bushy tailed creatures go. As long as the sun is in the sky above, they are diligent, working while the day is called today. Scurrying along the top of the narrow fence, and then jumping skillfully to the phone wires which stretch from our house to those close by. Poised with the grace of a tight rope walker another bushy tailed creature returns from the opposite direction and the process begins again. They are intentional and focused. Both for good reason. Winter is coming. The oak tree behind our house has provided them a banner crop of acorns this fall. How is it with you? Are you as intentional and as diligent as a squirrel, looking about your world for where you can be at work? Jesus sheds truth for us concerning the day and its’ light. The story can be found beginning in John 9:1. Jesus states, "We must do the works of Him who sent Me while it is day. Night is coming when no one can work." Following this statement Jesus brings healing to the man born blind. May the Father use us to bring sight to the blind. Be intentional.
An excerpt from a cross-cultural worker’s newsletter reminds us of intentionality. "The fasting month of Ramadan has ended. Routines will soon return to normal in our city as families return to work and school following the customary visits to family. But the lostness continues. In our city’s unique mix, those with Christian backgrounds also return to their routines. And in most cases their lostness continues as well as they hold on to the belief that they are part God’s kingdom because of their religion. The call to both groups is, "You must be born again." May we be intentional to share the message. It does not matter where we are. If we are in the USA, across the ocean, at our workplace, or at our school. The message is the same. The word is intentional. The Holy Spirit is intentional. He is working, preparing the hearts of people to hear, repent, and receive the Message."
Back and forth, to and fro the bushy tailed creatures go. As long as the sun is in the sky above, they are diligent, working while the day is called day. They are gathering the fruit that has been prepared for them. Fruit has been prepared for the Father’s Kingdom. Gather it while the day is called today. The Father will be glorified.