God Glimpses # 52 ~ Grow where you’re Planted
Seeing this Wild Ginger coming up in the broken pathway reminded me of this phrase.
There are times in life when we wonder how we got where we are. Most times it’s the end result of our own actions. Occasionally, we are clueless.
Either way, the only way to improve our situation is to make the best of where we are until we earn our way out, or until God allows us out.
The way out is always the result of praise and gratitude. With gratitude comes a positive attitude. But praise comes first, not as a result. When we praise in faith, then our circumstances can improve, or our hearts will learn to accept that they won’t.
The result will be praise that is felt from the heart.
We may or may not leave the pavement crack for the company of a flower bed, but either way, with gratitude we will flourish.
This picture and the title may be all you need for this God-Glimpse.
Our very best efforts to repair ourselves turn out like this–a bad idea made worse by lack of experience, resources and patience.
Rot started the problem. A section of the rafter had to go before the fungus spread to the rest of the roof. But it wasn’t enough to remove just a section of the board, the entire rafter should have been replaced with new.
It’s not enough to get rid of sin, bad habits or even weaknesses; they must be replaced, or the roof of our good intentions will soon leak and eventually cave in.
Only The Master Carpenter has the experience, resources and patience to repair the rot of our lives. Only His Word is strong enough to shore up the roof over our heads.
Replace the old rafters of your life with new Living Words from the Father of Life.
A certain child I know was ecstatic when she was able to install this shelf in a catawampus closet so that the level read level. That bubble was dead center. It took grit, determination, and more than one attempt. I was so proud of her.
I was not so proud a few months later when she was caught in a lie.
“Are you on the level?” She swore she was. A little fact-checking proved she wasn’t.
Level is level. There is no wiggle-room. It’s like that math at issue. The answer is the answer. Truth is truth–or it isn’t.
Lord, help me to keep my bubble dead-center when your Spirit asks for my answers.
How has your year started? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Have you realized that you didn’t get back to one of those many commitments that you made days and weeks ago; have your resolutions become irresolute? Or, like me, have you realized that some things just aren’t that important, and it’s a matter of priority. There’s nothing like being sick for a week or more to help a person prioritize. That’s when you realize that only the most important things have to be done, and those things that can scream urgent really aren’t. There’s a wonderful peace in that. Even though there are still many things left t0 do, they will be there waiting for me if I don’t get to them today. Today I will make sure what’s important today gets done, and maybe, just maybe do a little more.
Steal this, post this, give it away . . . It’s time we choose to make choices, even if that choice means denying ourselves.