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Tuesday, April 17, 2012
He stood for the longest time there in the corner of the yard, intent and still in shorts and bare feet in the grass. There, in the corner of my eye but just out of focus and the sun, like warm honey on his hair.
I, with knees in the dirt digging, planting, and he content to wait out his mission with hand outstretched.
Baby sister asleep upstairs and afternoon shade a welcome relief.
Then, a whisper…excitement stifled, and I turn.
“Momma, look! Look!” he smiles, the words quiet from his lips.
My trowel drops and I turn. My boy with the patience I never had – patience to wait for the hummingbird. There, with his little boy finger caressing the tiny head and the hummingbird trusting him anyway.
I wonder who waited for who…
”Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.
Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper—it only leads to harm. For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the Lord will possess the land.”
Are you waiting upon the Lord today, or is He waiting for you?
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
It was a sweet little cape mallow that I grew from a simple cutting in the greenhouse. I nurtured it, cared for it, watered it then planted it out in the garden and watched this new little life form sprout new growth as it stretched up straight and tall. I wanted to grow it as a “standard” maintaining its lolly-pop-like clump of foliage and pretty pink flowers atop a single, clean trunk. The look is more formal; its intent and purpose undeniable. However, without the constant pruning and upkeep, if left unattended, my little tree would have taken on a free-flowing shape growing only as the wind directed.
It takes a lot of work to be a “standard;” one who holds firm in her beliefs and understanding with a will that defies the shifting winds. Like my little mallow, it takes good, strong roots to hold the stalk in place. It takes clear understanding of who you are and Who you’re “growing” for.
To simply plant out my cutting in the garden only to be left to survive on its own would have yielded completely different results, becoming a thick ball of a shrub.
Instead, my constant attention to its growth provided the perfect home for a mama finch to build her nest and hatch a family of little finch babies….one of many unexpected blessings.
“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong.”
(1 Cor. 16:13) NIV
Help the reader of these words grow as a standard for you. May we each keep our eyes and our purpose solely on you. Help us to not become distracted or enticed with things of life that are not of you. Keep us focused on your Word and seeking to be a blessing to others.
In Jesus’ name. Amen