I know that I normally write about birds and gardens and how I see nature but today, I want to share about something else.
Love. What is love? In 1 Corinthians 13 we read about what it is not and what it is. Ever have those opportunities that God gives you to love the unloveable? When Father allows that person to push every button you have and some you didn’t know you have? Jesus tells us in the Beatitudes (not to be confused with our attitude or the attitude of others) in Matthew 5, that we are “blessed when people revile and persecute us on His account”. I realize that when others irritate you it may not necessarily be righteous persecution but it does test you to continue to be who He says you are, doesn’t it? Continuing in Matthew 5, we read that “we are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its taste how can you get that back?” Salt has a real grinding effect when you get it on your skin, in particular sea salt. Yet when that salt is mixed with oil, it sloughs off dead skin and prepares the skin to receive the oil. In scripture, oil is symbolic of anointing, salt as preservation. In James 1 it reads “count it all joy, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness (a.k.a. patience). Let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
So as I see the view from my window, God doesn’t promise a sweet smelling garden. He wants us to develop into the person He sees in us. Deep within each of us are treasures just waiting to be unpacked but He won’t unpack them for us. He says in Proverbs 25, “it is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out”.
So as life challenges you and people rub you the wrong way, stand strong and know that you have within you the ability to handle every situation He allows to come your way. He has the answers to every situation.
Just watching the wind blow the trees from my window to the garden. Blessings, Debra
(All scripture references were taken from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible)