"I went by the field of the lazy man, and by the vineyard of the man devoid of understanding; and there it was, all overgrown with thorns; Its surface was covered with nettles; Its stone wall was broken down. When I saw it, I considered it well; I looked on it and received instruction..." Proverbs 24: 30-32
Well, today I tackled a "thorny problem". It was such a glorious day...picture perfect weather...sunny skies, temperatures in the mid 60's, which, after yesterday's high 80's (yes, it is February in Florida), the refreshingly cool day was a God-send. So, I said to myself (and to anyone else who would listen) So I said to MYSELF, (because no one else WOULD listen)..."Today is much too beautiful to sit inside and watch a race on TV...a person would have to be crazy to stay inside on a day like this..." And because it was such a marvelous day, I decided to do several things I have been wanting to do ever since moving into our new house in the forest.
- I washed our sheets and hung them on the clothesline! (Should that be "hanged" or "hung"?)
- I washed some towels and underwear and hung them on the line also (after I took in the freshly dried, sweet smelling clean sheets and put them right back on my bed to enjoy tonight).
- I opened windows everywhere in the house and let the fresh air in and the stuffy air out. (Who said mid 60's are too cool to open the windows? Bah humbug! Put on a sweater if you are cold!)
"And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them."Jesus later explained this parable to the disciples as the seed that is the Word of God that is sown among good soil (hearts and minds willing to hear and learn) and the Word of God that falls upon the wayside on stony or thorny ground, are hearts that are not receptive to God because of the "cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches" that comes and chokes the word so that the person becomes unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22)
Those thorny vines choking out the good vines became a very clear picture of what Jesus was talking about, in the literal, agricultural sense. It also made me realize that I sometimes allow thorny vines to creep in and choke out my healthy growth...thorny vines of anxiety, insecurity, selfishness, preoccupation with things that really aren't that important... and I needed to add to my checklist for today to take some time out to prepare my heart for reading and hearing God's Word...(and writing the things that the Lord lays on my heart to write...) So here I am, Lord.
"For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven, and do not return there, but water the earth, and make it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower and bread to the eater, So shall My Word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.
For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth into singing before you, And all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off." Isaiah 55:10-13
|"And all the trees of the woods shall clap their hands" Isaiah 55:12...Even this beautiful magnolia tree which |
happens to be in my backyard will clap its hands! (See below for a later update...)
"For you shall go out with joy, and be led out with peace." Isaiah 55:12
|April 9, 2012: Our fence is now loaded with Confederate Jasmine and|
Honeysuckle in full bloom! The hummingbirds and butterflies are in
nectar heaven!!! Thank you Lord!!
|Can you smell this honeysuckle? It is divine...|