My Father’s Business

Life gets confusing at times …just plain confusing!  We are bombarded with voices — mostly well-meaning — from every direction  giving advice or sharing  opinions. Opinions  flood  until we may feel  like we’re  drowning .

It’s at those moments of “drowning” that we often panic or, let’s just face it –FREAK out !   All we want to do is breathe and keep swimming but opinions and what others think about us tie around our ankles like weights — dragging us down until we lose sight of the Lighthouse.
I’ve been “lost at sea” before …treading the troubled waters.  Many come to pull you out but often you feel pulled in so many different directions you wonder if they’re  trying to save you or save themselves?
Where’s my compass?  What direction is the right direction when opinions are swirling around me creating a whirlpool that’s only going in a downward spiral !
But then the voice of the Holy Spirit speaks over the waters just like He did at creation.  And God said, “Let there be light!” and He, the creator of Light, sheds Light  into my confusion — into my darkness.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.   

And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.

(Genesis 1:1-3 – NIV)

And as the Spirit hovered over this tossing and turning that was going on– His voice came across the waters speaking truth to my soul …

Just be about your  Father’s business.

And all the confusion lifted as He commanded the wind and the waves , “Peace!  Be Still!

He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves,“Quiet! Be  still!”  Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.  (Mark 4:39 – NIV)

And the wind of  “should have’s”,  “could have’s”, and “would have’s” were stilled in my mind and I remembered what He had told me in the quiet …”write for hope” …”Be available” …”let your home be a hub for the love of Jesus to others”.

Love God.  Love others …

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.

Micah 6:8

And I swam to shore clinging to the words of my Father and entered into His rest for me — the path He’d marked out for me.  I ran to His word and found I wasn’t alone in this story —  Jesus , Himself, had a  story of being about His Father’s business too …

Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year to the Passover Feast.

And when He was twelve years [old], they went up, as was their custom.

And when the Feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus remained behind in Jerusalem. Now His parents did not know this,

But, supposing Him to be in the caravan, they traveled on a day’s journey; and [then] they sought Him [diligently, looking up and down for Him] among their kinsfolk and acquaintances.

And when they failed to find Him, they went back to Jerusalem, looking for Him [up and down] all the way.

After three days they found Him [came upon Him] in the [court of the] temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.

And all who heard Him were astonished and overwhelmed with bewildered wonder at His intelligence and understanding and His replies.

And when they [Joseph and Mary] saw Him, they were amazed; and His mother said to Him, Child, why have You treated us like this? Here Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You [distressed and tormented].

And He said to them, How is it that you had to look for Me?

Did you not see and know that it is necessary [as a duty] for Me to be in My Father’s house and [occupied] about My Father’s business?

But they did not comprehend what He was saying to them.  

Luke 2:41-50  (Amplified Bible )

And He graciously shares the reality of  His story — not everyone will understand or “comprehend”.  That’s okay  because He understands and that’s all that really matters ! 🙂
Something to ponder:   What has the Holy Spirit spoken  to you in the quiet?  What’s  the “Father’s business”  look like in your life?

6 thoughts on “My Father’s Business

  1. joy- this has spoken to my spirit in a mighty way today & i shared w/my husband who is troubled like the disciples were because his va pension has not deposited what is needed for us to pay bills & still live here in this retirement home where we need help like your precious mother does in lrns.all of your posts have been a blessing to me more than i could tell you.I just told my husband the way you & your husband had to move to al after you was 50 yrs & a lot less money & about the house you all bought.I said to him “If God wanted them in al & they obeyed, then we want to be where Jesus want”s us to be, is that right”? and he agreed.we got the bible & prayed for God to help us as we make decisions.The words Life giving moment comes to my mind daily & helps me.God bless you for sharing & this u

    phyllis kramm


    • Made me want to cry …thank you Phyllis ! May God bless you and give you just what you all need …providing for your living expenses and helping you to continue to be a blessing to others ! Thank you for be such a blessing to me ! Love you both !


  2. Good one. Sorry the photos aren’t better – sharper, clearer.

    Lenna is headed out to Louisiana on thursday (that is after she goes to get her australian passport renewed and expedited on Monday morning!) her dad will probably not make it to Easter – not sure of course. Very much appreciate your prayers for her over the next couple of weeks.

    Love to you and all, p


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