Today’s Text for Study and Encouragement:
“But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all Thy works.”
Psalm 73: 28
King James Version
“Saved to Declare”
“Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.”
Proverbs 3: 5, 6
Am I willing to recognize and declare the beautiful plan God has for my life?
I wish I could tell you that I am a master gardener. That my flowers grow faster…smell sweeter…and are more colorful than you could ever imagine. Unfortunately, as much as I love looking at spectacular gardens, I’ve never attained the heights of gardening like some of my friends. I must add, it isn’t for the lack of trying. I’ve bought enough “Miracle Grow” to keep the company in business. But somewhere along the way, my “green” thumb is more like “black” death.
Of all the plants I’ve tried to cultivate in my lifetime, none has been quite as difficult as the rose. It frustrates me because roses are one of my favorite flowers. I’m not exactly certain what it is about roses that attracts me so. However, I think there’s nothing quite so exquisite as a beautiful rose! I definitely remember in high school, if a guy got you a rose corsage for the prom, this was considered the real deal. You were on a level much higher than the lowly carnation! (No offense to carnations. They’re beautiful, as well).
With some consideration, I think what I love about the rose is the transformation which takes place from a small rosebud to a gorgeous, blooming flower. It is a metamorphosis that transcends nearly any other flower. It is no wonder I chose a rose as the floral symbol for Transformation Garden.
This portrayal is an example of what is happening to you and me as we allow our Heavenly gardener, through His grace, strength and love, to cultivate the gardens of our lives. And in the coming week, the blooming of God’s rose, is what we will see in the life of Bathsheba, too.
It is my prayer that as we continue our journey through Bathsheba’s life, you will be encouraged to keep your feet firmly planted on the path our Heavenly Father has designed to exactly fit the needs of your life. For the beauty our Father sees in you, has already begun to bloom – even if you don’t feel or see it happening.
As you reflect today on your own path, past, present and future, I would like to leave you with this parable, written by Megan McKenna. It is just another reminder of how our lives can be transformed in the hands of the King of the universe.
“Once upon a time there was a king who ruled a small kingdom. It wasn’t great, and it wasn’t really known for any of its resources or people. But the king did have a diamond, a great perfect diamond that had been in his family for generations. He kept it on display for all to see and appreciate. People came from all over the country to admire it and gaze at it…
…Then one day a soldier came to the king with the news that, although no one had touched the diamond, for it was guarded night and day, the diamond was cracked. The king ran to see, and sure enough there was a crack right through the middle of the diamond.
Immediately he summoned all the jewelers of the land and had them look at the diamond. One after another they examined the diamond and gave the bad news to the king: the diamond was useless; it was irredeemably flawed. The king was crushed; so were the people. Somehow they felt they had lost everything.
Then out of nowhere came an old man who claimed to be a jeweler. He asked to see the diamond. After examining it, he looked up and confidently told the king, “I can fix it. In fact, I can make it better than it was before.” The king was shocked and a bit leery. The old man said, “Give me the jewel, and in a week I’ll bring it back fixed.” Now the king was not about to let the stone out of his sight, even if it was ruined, so he gave the old man a room, all the tools and food and drink he needed and he waited. The whole kingdom waited. It was a long week.
At the end of the week the old man appeared with the stone in his hand and gave it to the king. The king couldn’t believe his eyes. It was magnificent. The old man had fixed it, and he had made it even better than it was before! He used the crack that ran through the middle of the stone as a stem and carved an intricate, full-blown rose, leaves, and thorns into the diamond. It was exquisite.
The king was overjoyed and offered the old man half his kingdom. He had taken something beautiful and perfect and improved upon it! But the old man refused in front of everyone, saying, “I didn’t do that at all. What I did was to take something flawed and cracked at its heart and turn it into something beautiful.”
“O God, help me to believe the truth about myself – no matter how beautiful it is!”
“Teach me your way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain and even path.”
Psalm 27: 11
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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