by – Leah C Morgan
Galatians 5:4-6 Don’t compare yourself with others. Just look at your own work to see if you have done anything to be proud of. You must each accept the responsibilities that are yours.
That Magnolia tree is really over the top. Pink as bubble gum. Larger than life. It’s so magnificent you don’t even notice what’s right under its branches. Those threadbare rose bushes. Not a flower in sight on those short stubby shrubs. Not so much as a bud. They look pathetic by comparison, shorn in their pruned condition. Like a sister with a haircut from a toddler-sized brother.
By comparison. That’s the problem.
Paul shares this wisdom of God’s, in todays verse.
You know what time it is? April. Magnolia show-off season. Time for this tree to take center stage and do what it was created to do. There’s not a thing wrong with those roses. They’re right on schedule. And that ugly haircut is what will make them bloom as big as that giant tree hanging over them come summer time.
Celebrate your friends’ April moments. Their pinkness doesn’t take away your access to the same sunshine that will make your life rise in June. Some were born for spring, some were gifted for summer. Just grow in the direction God fashioned you, and even if you’re a short, stubby bush, never be too small to celebrate growth in every garden.
To God be the glory!
Holy Father, You equip us for every good work pruning us, out of season. All so we can reflect Your glory in season. Forgive us for comparing ourselves with others who seem to have more blooms than us. Help us to celebrate Your hand and victory in the lives of others. Keep our focus on You, as You produce beauty in us.
Let’s focus on Jesus, as He works in us and through us! See ‘Jealous on the Journey’.
By Leah C Morgan
Psalm 51:17 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
Empty. The word we use to describe our loss, our depth of sorrow, our measure of poverty.
Then Jesus arrives. And dies. He’s buried in a hollowed cave, and His absence leaves us feeling an emptiness incomparable to any other.
But He redeems even this status of empty. He brings a new understanding, a new attitude to our loss, our sorrow, our poverty. He blows the door wide open on our limited view, and says, “Let me show you what I can do with empty!”
Jesus rose from His deathbed position, stepped out of His robes of decay, and left His burial plot empty! The tomb was a temporary arrangement, not a permanent resting place.
Matthew 28:6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.
He turned His ending into a brand new beginning illustrating what He wants to do with our existence.
Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Our grief isn’t intended to be our permanent residence. Our loss isn’t meant to become our identity. And our poverty of soul is the exact kind of empty Jesus can turn into a showcase of His riches.
Jesus, The Resurrection, specializes in redeeming sad endings. He fashions new life and fresh starts.
He has resurrection plans, and intends our empty to never look the same.
LORD, Praise Your Holy Name. You take what’s broken and breath life into the tomb of our heart.
Has there been a time you felt ‘Blessedly Broken’?
Thank-you Leah, for sharing your gifted insights into our amazing God!
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