Planted

Amidst the darkness, a place of no return, a place is prepared for me to dwell. I’m afraid. It seems wrong to be placed in such circumstances. Why would someone allow me to experience this? It’s dark. It’s cold. I don’t want to be here, but I cannot move. I cannot get out. There seems to be trouble all around me. This place is unfamiliar. What’s that noise? Who’s there? I need someone to get me out of here. Why here? Why now?

I was told that the process would produce purpose. But is this really necessary? I mean really!!! Talk about the valley of the shadows of death!!! Death is all around me and life is supposed to come from this?

The pain and the agony experienced through your life cycle will spring forth beauty- an everlasting harvest- so it is said. Nothing shall be able to hinder your forthcoming. Why is this change necessary to bring forth beauty? Can’t you just make me beautiful? Can’t you just create me to be what you need to be?

Why is it required of ME to change? Why was I selected? I was doing well! Why couldn’t well be left alone?

The change will render you unrecognizable. Forcibly and without any control, the process begins. You experience change unlike anything imaginable. Placed in the dark, unable to see; seated in unfamiliar areas. It’s cold, it’s damp, there is no light- only darkness seems to surround you daily. Then something begins to happen. It’s uncomfortable. Your current state cannot withstand the changes. In fact, who you used to be will not support who you will become. You are being pushed into uncharted territory. Cracking, breaking, stretching, pulling…what is that?

What is happening?

I resisted the change initially but now what I’m experiencing feels actually, amazing. What I have gone through has allowed me to push passed the darkness. In fact, it was because of the darkness that newness of life has sprung. Is that daylight? Ohhh Myyy Goshh!! I just felt something literally shift me and I had no control. What was that? It felt like the sweetest blow of a kiss. Was that the wind? Breathe on me again.

Wait! My vision feels blurred but I can see. What is this, light? The sun? It is so warm. It feels good.

You know what? This really did work out in my favor. Had I resisted the change, I would not have experienced the wind, the sun or these beautiful leaves and branches that now produce fruit for all to enjoy.

Yeah- I guess there is life after death.

What you just read is me imagining myself to be a seed – an apple seed. I spoke as if I were the seed, about to be planted into the ground to produce a harvest. This analogy is true of life. Life begins when death ends.

When a seed dies, it goes through many transformations to produce a harvest that sustains life.

When Jesus died, He succumbed to many hurtful situations to produce a harvest of new lives and eternal life for those who desire to eat of His fruit.

When you die to sin, you experience newness of life.

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” II Corinthians‬ ‭5:17‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

  • When you disconnect yourself from the toxic relationship…
  • When you break away from the drug or alcohol addiction…
  • When you disconnect from toxic people who once told you that you were worthless…

You begin to see the beauty in your brokenness.

Death is not the end, it’s only the beginning.

“Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” John‬ ‭12:24‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

You are Over Capacity

Luggage is always required for travel. Once we get to our destination and unpack, we often realize that we packed too much in our suitcase with items that serve no purpose.

We do this same thing when it comes to our lives and then complain about having too much to carry. We carry things that serve no purpose for our purpose. The additional weight brings on stress, fatigue, anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.

Do not wait until you reach your purposeful destination, to recognize that you packed too much baggage. Your Heavenly Father told you that He did NOT want you weighted down. He needs for you to be focused and worry-free.

“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.” 1 Peter‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

🧳 Even airlines have weight restrictions for luggage, it’s. Time that we place parameters on our luggage as well.

Stop carrying things that serve no purpose on your journey.

You Waited

Waiting for something to happen requires patience, but it is not the easiest to do. For example, waiting for the administrator to call your name for your annual physical seems like eternity. Or recall when you were a 7th grader and the time it took to for the bell to sound to conclude the end of the day…for everrrr. Let’s not forget the nine long months it takes to deliver a child- uhhh the agony.

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Here’s one: Waiting for the cue to walk down the aisle, as the bride, the groom, or the guests – geez!

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With all these scenarios, there is an anticipation of something better. The results of your annual checkup to confirm that you are well, the sound that confirms the end of the school day (need I say more). The introduction of the child its parents for the first time after almost a year’s time, and of course, the revealing of the beautiful bride exchanging vows with her soon to be spouse.

Might I propose one more example of waiting – Jesus waited for us. If you reminisce back to where you were and where you are now, you should experience an emotion of gratitude, praise, and gratefulness. Let me propose another thought: Where would we be if the Lord had left us?

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  • Where would we be if God left us in a state of depression?
  • Where would we be if God left us on the stressful job?
  • Where would we be if God left us in the hospital while we were awaiting the surgical procedure?
  • Where would we be if God left us being addicted to prescription drugs, alcohol, or street drugs?
  • Where would we be if God left us when we needed Him most?

But He did not leave; He waited. God, you waited. You personally waited.

God waited, when we denied His existence.
God waited when we closed our ears to His principles.
God waited when we chose to explore other religions and idol gods.
God waited when we chose work, people, and personal interests over Him.
God waited for us to accept His Son Jesus, as our personal Savior.

In fact, it was during the darkest moments that we accepted the light. Please remember this: the presence of darkness does not imply the absence of God.

Bible says it like this:

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

It is during our darkest of moments and places that we are able to see the light more clearly. God waited for you to reach for him, take His hand and accept His love.

Maybe you are still waiting for something to happen in your life. Do not give up hope. Consider how long God was willing to wait for you. He was so certain that you would choose Him that while you rejected Him, He STILL sent His Son, Jesus.

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 (NIV)

We were so important to God that He was willing to wait. That makes me so emotional and just that more willing to present my life completely and totally surrendered to Him.

What about you? Are you willing to wait for God? Not for His resources, to grant you your desires, but for His purpose to be magnified through you, for His glory?

This devotion is based upon a song that I have been singing literally every morning, entitled: “You Waited.” I pray that it blesses you as it has me (click link below).

You Waited

Live for Something Bigger

 

Be bigger than the problem you’re facing.
Be better than your past mistake.
Be stronger than the temptation.
Be greater than the person who tries to belittle you.
Be bolder than your biggest fear.

Live for something bigger, because He bigger than anything.

Be greater because you already are, through Jesus!

1 John 4:4 (NKJV)
You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

 

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Essential Ingredient

The purpose of salt is to enhance other flavors. It also balances sweetness and helps suppress other flavors, such as bitterness. Salt contains the element sodium, which is an essential nutrient needed by the body. 

YOU ARE ESSENTIAL TO THE BODY!

Don’t allow the world and people to make you lose your flavor.

You ARE the salt.

You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has lost its taste (purpose), how can it be made salty? It is no longer good for anything, but to be thrown out and walked on by people [when the walkways are wet and slippery].” MATTHEW 5:13 AMP

I’m salty!

A Different Kind of Love

It is easy to be kind to the people who care for you and who love you, but what about the “other” people?

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What about the ones who challenge your vision and oppose your suggestions? What about those who propel their opinions of you on others, causing tension and division?

Being kind or showing love to someone who does not care for you is pretty difficult and quite frankly, frustrating. Jesus calls us to show love to all people, regardless of how they may treat us. He doesn’t say this will be easy, but He did ask that we would present our lives a living sacrifice to Him. This implies that regardless of how we feel about a situation or a person, we have the words of eternal life to impact our circle of acquaintances. Being a living sacrifice also means that we step outside of who we are, surrendering our mind, body and soul to the Lord to express a different kind of love – a love that some may have not experienced, but unknowingly long for.  Why? Because this kind of love is different but it is also a demonstration of the love Jesus expresses towards ungrateful, and unreasonable people who have rejected Him from birth and continue to reject Him on a larger scale. Can you imagine how that would feel- to be rejected from birth?

 

We cannot love people with our type of love because our type of love is selective, but when you love the people around you with His kind of love, they’ll notice.

Let us ask God to help us love people past their faults, the way that Jesus called us to love them.

My dear, dear friends, if God loved us like this, we certainly ought to love each other. No one has seen God, ever. But if we love one another, God dwells deeply within us, and his love becomes complete in us—perfect love!” 1 John‬ ‭4:11-12‬ ‭MSG‬‬

My God. My Father. My Deliverer.

Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed? Does it appear to not be enough time in the day? Does it seem as if one thing occurs after the other? With so much anguish, disease, hurt, distresses, brutalities, and inequalities, life can feel overbearing. Let’s not mention our own personal issues, geez.

I have often had many thoughts and emotions regarding the state of our country, school systems, and the future as it pertains to my children.

With so much going on, one can begin to wonder if God really cares. My desire today is to remind you that your Father is aware of everything that is going on, He cares, and He will bring comfort to your heart.

The God who heals, teaches, and delivers…is your FATHER!

In the midst of whatever you are facing, continue to recall this scripture to your mind and place it within the ventricles of your heart:

The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all;” Psalms 34:19 NIV