One of my favorite things to do is sit on my back porch and watch the hummingbirds as they peruse our flower bed and eat from their very own feeder perched just outside our screen.
They leave every year around September and fly back in the next Spring.
As of late, I've been watching for them to come back.
Now, I digress.
Last weekend, I woke up to a beautiful Saturday. The kind of day that seduces you into coming outside and enjoying God's creative genius. As I jumped out of bed, my friend Jesus whispered to me. "Fix up the back porch today."
We built our house four years ago. Last summer, we have our back porch screened and additional patio poured beyond the screen. We had great intentions for the area but instead it turned into a cement mudroom where the kids dumped what ever they felt like dumping.
I loved my friend's idea. I went downstairs and told my husband, "I think we should fix up the back porch today."
He said, "it's supposed to rain around lunch."
I went back to Jesus. "Lord, how can we fix the back porch, it's going to rain."
"Sweetheart, it won't rain until you finish."
That's all I needed as I learned a long time ago to 1) discern the voice of Holy Spirit and 2) to obey.
I told my husband we'd be okay and agreed to go for it.
First step, clean...clean...clean.
Second step, go to Lowe's and purchase outside carpet.
Third step, lay carpet and final step.....replace everything (after throwing most of it away!)
The wild thing? According to weather.com it should have rained at 1. We finished the porch around 4 and it started raining at 5. Coincidence you think? I don't.
That was Saturday. On Sunday, I made a cup of hot tea and sat on my porch. I took the time to thank my friend Jesus for this gift when I looked up and saw a Hummingbird visit our feeder.
I never want to know life without Jesus as my friend. I hope and pray your walk with Him is as intimate.
Have a great weekend.
The Kingdom will return next week. I skipped this week as most of Florida is on Spring Break. Also, Mary's Journal part two has been published at http://www.ithirstnw.net/ under short story. I hope you will check it out.