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Garden Bouquet

By this time of year, we see summer alive in gardens everywhere. I’m a container gardener, but even that takes some degree of patience and persistence. And it reminds me of the Master Gardener, God the Father. He is infinitely patient (2 Peter 3:9) and meticulous (Matt. 10:30) in caring for us. He is always working (John 5:17).  

God works with, in and through all kinds of people, personalities and places to bring about what is ultimately good. He looks across the landscape of humanity and knows each one. He knows the gifts He has bestowed. He planted us in this time and season. “…having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place” (Acts. 17:26).  

He knows where we are especially weak and fragile. Where our lives are subject to blight, to draught, to pests. He shines His Divine Light on us; His brilliant, God-made-man Light. He likens our faith to living water (John 7:38). He gives and He takes away (Job. 1:21). He prunes what is fruitful so that it might be more so (John 15).  

So, Father, let the photosynthesis begin. Work the mystery in us, mystery of sun and soil and seed. And whatever bloom we have, be it rose or petunia, daisy or dandelion, it’s all for You. All for Your glory. And in summer, in glorious summer, gather us to be part of a beautiful bouquet of fragrance and color that only You can grow. 

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For Your Good

“For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
Hebrews 12:10-11

It is a compelling thought to consider the perfect discipline provided to us by the Lord. Discipline in our minds often involves a parent verbally lashing out at their child because they did something they weren’t supposed to do. It can be good, it can be effective, but it doesn’t always come from the purest place of concern for the development of the child. It’s incredibly challenging to issue discipline with a pure heart. The offender may have embarrassed us, angered us, injured us somehow, or just gotten on our nerves.

Discipline from God is never marked by such inconsistencies. He is always good, He is always right, and every act of discipline carried out to His children is for the sake of yielding the peaceful fruit of righteousness. That means that turbulent consequences result in peaceful outcomes. The painful turns into pleasant, the harshness to holiness. Correction of sin does not lead to just being happier, or wealthier, or healthier. The result is much greater, as it leads us to become holier.

The goal of the Christian life is the glory of God, and our narrow path to holiness by His power is one of the greatest ways to give Him glory. As we step off the path, we are disciplined. It is often firm, but it is always fair. Today, let’s praise our loving Father for perfectly leading us to a peaceful righteousness found only in Him.

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