Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Flowerbox Faith

Good morning, dear Friends and Prayer Partners! This is the day that the Lord has made and we will rejoice and be glad in it! Beautiful blue sky and a little cooler air means a great day!

I had a good time last night with our first Faith Group meeting of the fall. It was special to see everyone again and exchange ideas and pray together. Friendship is a gift given to all of us if we take advantage of it.

I got out to do some shopping yesterday and will go again today, because I always forget something, even if I have a list. But I took time to go to the park and check on the large toadstools, which are once again in a fairy ring near the shelter. Not too many people were there, but it was almost time for school to let out, so that might account for it. I keep looking for the big, old gopher tortoise, but he is not visible  to me because of the high weeds. But God is good!

From Quiet Moments with God for teachers:

On my bed I remember you; I think of you through the watches of the night because you are my help. I sing in the shadow of your wings. My soul clings to you. Your right hand upholds me. Psalm 63:6-8
One Labor Day weekend, Shannon's husband constructed a large flowerbox for her. With great care, she picked out and purchased two hundred top-quality bulbs. Next, she filled the flowerbox with the perfect mixture of soil, fertilizer, and peat moss. Then, she spent hours planting the bulbs in a delightful design.

All through the long Idaho winter, she thought about her tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. If they followed God's plan and waited for His perfect timing, they would change from dull, brown clumps into colorful celebrations of spring.

Maintaining our faith in God during times of forced inactivity is similar to a dormant bulb planted in a flowerbox. At certain times in our lives, we may be compelled to stop all activity and take time out to heal. Instead of lying in our beds fretting about our remaining circumstances, we simply need to wait and rest.

Dormancy for a bulb is nature's solution to getting through times of difficult weather conditions. God's gift of rest is His way of helping us through difficult health conditions. All bulbs store food to carry them through their dormant periods. We can use our times of dormancy to nourish our sould by planting our hearts in the fertile soil of His scriptures.

Like bulbs waiting for spring, we can rest in God's promises as we wait for our recovery. We can look forward to the certain celebration of life through Christ. He alone will bring the colors of spring to our souls.

Faith is not believing that
God can, but that God will!
   Abraham Lincoln

I always give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers with thanksgiving, joy and love!

Love and hugs,