Sometimes, in the wee hours of the morning, my unborn child will kick me awake. And while I don’t especially enjoy the fact that she uses my rib cage for kickboxing practice, it’s often in these moments that God reveals a simple yet profound truth that never occurred to me before.
I’d like to share this morning’s insight because maybe others can relate. It’s simply this: Where there is unity, God commands His blessing.
For some reason, that scripture suddenly became so real to me today. We’ve been working hard on achieving unity in our marriage lately. (And let’s be real. Marriage is a full-time job and then some.) In our particular situation, since my husband has been out of work for over a month, it felt like God was assuring me that as we continue to work towards walking in unity with each other and with Him, His provision will flow into our lives.
But it’s more than that. Last night, one of our pastors encouraged us to pray that God would give us a scripture to use in parenting our children. Although I prayed about it, I wasn’t expecting a mind-boggler right away. But, as I lay in bed this morning with my husband snoring loudly and unsuspectingly beside me, God used this same verse (“Where there is unity, God commands His blessing”) to give me the most incredible, life-changing revelation for my family.
When my toddler throws a tantrum and I lose my temper in return, I’m no longer in unity with the Holy Spirit. How do I know? Well, the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. I definitely don’t exhibit any of those fruits when I’m in “the heat of the moment”. Nope. Not one.
That begs the question, if I’m not fostering unity with the Holy Spirit and within the family, how can God’s blessing possibly flow into our lives? If I’m not in tune with the Holy Spirit, how can I teach my kids to be in tune with the Holy Spirit? And if they aren’t in tune with the Holy Spirit, what kind of fruit will they bear? How can their behaviour change unless mine changes first? Ouch! These questions are more painful than those karate chops to my bladder.
So as I go about my day today, my goal and my challenge is twofold: a) to set my will to walk in unity with the Holy Spirit and b) to thereby foster a sense of unity within my family. It’s the only way we’ll see the results we’re looking for. Farewell to aimless parenting (and wife-ing, if that’s a word). This girl’s changing the Meyer family status quo.
Amazing, eh? The profound thoughts that come when the rest of the house is blissfully slumbering?