Set in Your Ways?
I once received a phone call from a young lady that I mentor. She has a family; husband and 2 small children. They are currently living with her mother while she is finishing her Master’s degree program. In aspiration, she asked me to help her with a problem she is having with her mother of which is a very close friend of mine. She asked, “Sister Siren, how can I get mama from expecting me to do something for her while I am taking care of the baby or eating a meal, then getting mad if I don’t drop everything and do it NOW!” I first asked her how does she respond to her mother’s demands during these times and her response sounded reasonable. She informs her mother that she is happy to do whatever she asks her if she would allow her to finish the task at hand. Needless to say, the two have had conversations about this subject and her mother’s response is “Baby, I have been doing this for 59 years, if I haven’t learned this now then I am never going to get it. I just guess I am “set in my ways.”
Sadly, many of us have this perception of ourselves and believe that we cannot change in a behavior or way of thinking. Let’s examine some of the people in the Bible and see if God was expecting them to change their way of doing and thinking late in their lives. Consider Sarah when she birthed Isaac at 90 years old (Genesis 17:17). Her body, her way of doing things and thinking had to change, and might I add drastically! Abraham was not excluded in this feat, for he had to offer his prized son as a sacrifice to the Lord (Genesis 22: 2). Abraham had been doing burnt-offerings to the Lord for most of his life; he was well over one hundred years old when he had to change his behavior and offer his son, Isaac and he obeyed God! Talk about not being set in your ways. One last example, Mose was 80 years old when he first began to talk to Pharaoh about letting God’s people go (Exodus 7:7). Can you imagine God sending you to the White House to give the current president of the United States a message from Him? The only messages you have ever given was to your child’s teacher, your husband (from a phone call) or to the doctor’s office to confirm an appointment. The Bible is full of examples of God expecting a change in a person’s ”latter days.”
Thus, my dear sisters, as we dawn on a new sororal year, with new positions and new sorors (POP 89) to work with remember that the Father is expecting you, even demanding you to change from the old to the new with a cheerful heart. Don’t get caught saying,”this is how I/we have always done this.” Instead, listen to a new way or idea and take all aspects into consideration before making a final judgement call on a decision. We stand united not divided and defeated.
It’s a new day and new season!
“If ye are willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land; but if ye refuse and rebel, ye shall be devoured with the sword: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.” Isaiah 1: 19-20
Blessings Siren Morrison