Due to a very hurtful and ugly season in our extended family, there are still broken relationships and I know that there is nothing I can do about this until the Lord changes things. Without going into any detail, its not what I want, broken relationship, but unity is not what they want..... and that rankles,
Then there is the relationship with my daughters. They are my heart! But they are starting their own lives and there is distance. Now, I am not saying this is deliberate or intentional. But I think I am over-sensitive about the distance because I can't say I was ever buddy buddy with my Mom, and I wanted more with my daughters. I'm over-sensitive to the issue because of the family saga! I see other moms and daughters and their closeness and I long for that.
I think it is the season they are in, partly. Maybe our personalities too. But they know I love them, and I know they love me.... but..... I long for more....
Then God showed me this scripture! I was not looking for it, but it jumped up out of the page, grabbed my face on either side! Focused my eyes on Him.... and my hope was restored.
That scripture is this:
Prov 27 v 18: Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat of its fruit; so he who patiently and faithfully guards and heeds his master shall be honoured.
Did you see that? Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat of its fruit! I was overwhelmed! To me, I believe the Lord is saying to continue investing in my relationships. My family ones, my old friends, my new friends, and I WILL eat of the fruit of that investment!
My hope is restored. And I messaged my own Mom and let her know I love her! I don't do that enough.
My encouragement to you today is not to give up sowing into your precious relationships. I don't mean the ones that you perhaps should not be in (bad friendships, abusive relationships, etc). I mean those with your families, your nearest and dearest!