Sunday, April 26, 2015

STICKINESS

OUR YARD IS FULL OF FORGET-ME-NOTS. And I mean FULL! Each spring brings my wife back into her garden to weed and trim and to simply enjoy being outside in the midst of God’s beautiful and bountiful creation. And every time she is working out in garden in the early spring she does her best to help in the spreading of more Forget-Me-Nots. It’s not that she tries to, it’s just that Forget-Me-Not seeds seem to have a knack for jumping off the plant and sticking to any bit a clothing that it can find.

The removal of the fuzzy little Velcro-type seeds becomes a spring-time ritual at our home. I am sure Linda is responsible for plant redistribution for the entire Forget-Me-Not population in our neighborhood, if not for the larger general area! It’s not that she’s trying to be the Johnny Appleseed for the propagation of Forget-Me-Nots, it just happens.

There’s of course a Gospel lesson here for each of us.  The spreading of the Good News about Jesus Christ and His sacrificial, sin-atoning death and resurrection, should be as natural for us as moving the seeds of the Forget-Me-Not. The seed of the Gospel must be on us, often unnoticed, but ready to be dropped when the timing and soil is right. In fact, when it comes to those sticky little seeds, they seem to have a mind of their own. You don’t even have to worry so much about planting them, if you have them stuck to you the planting just happens.

So, do you have the Good News, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, stuck on you? Those seeds can only attach themselves as you are spending time in the Garden of God’s Word, on your knees in prayer, seeking to remove any weeds of sin, trimming back the overgrowth of wasteful activities, and just learning to lay back and enjoy the beauty of God’s recreation in you through His Holy Spirit.

I guarantee that if you spend that kind of time in the presence of God’s Garden, those loving seeds of His Gospel will attach themselves to you, ready to find the fertile soil in which to plant and grow and multiply.

Be sure to take some Garden time today and enjoy the beauty of the Lord!

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