I invite you to read Andrea’s encouraging post.
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Matthew 6:30-33 The Message
In the beginning of spring I bought caladium bulbs and brought them home to plant. As I opened each pack it appeared to both my husband and I that they were not healthy. In fact, they looked dead.
Rather than take them back, I suggested we plant them and hope they would grow and flourish. My husband appeased me, but I knew he thought it was a waste of time. We planted each tiny bulb and I didn’t think anymore about them. As summer approached there was still no sight of life in the area they were planted.
In my personal life, I began summer looking for hope and grasping a hold of any glimmer of God’s presence I could capture. I entered a season where I had to make the choice more than once to look at things through God’s eyes and not the worlds. The world wanted me to believe things were hopeless, yet God wanted me to remember things are not always as they appear through my human eyes. He is alive and well and deeply imbedded in the most difficult places.
With many ups and downs each day, I found hope and strength through a deep faith. I was reminded of these basic truths:
“Jesus loves me and He is always with me. He sees all and knows all and He longs for His greater good to be revealed in and through my life and the lives of others. Jesus sees us through the light of His love. He sees the hope within us, because He placed it there.”
Upon returning home from a recent trip my husband walked me out to the two flower beds where we had previously planted all those caladium bulbs. Both beds are bursting with beautiful color and numerous caladiums. Those bulbs we thought were shriveled up and dead had life in them after all. Indeed, things are not always as they appear. Quite often, appearances are deceiving.
Have you ever given up on yourself or someone else because they or their situation appeared hopeless, dead, or shriveled up? If so, consider looking through the eyes and heart of Jesus rather than through your own or that reflected through our world.
Andrea Perdue. I’m a wife, mom to a blended family, nana, and friend who embraces life seeking to become the person God created me to be. My days are full, but there is always time for writing, reading, and sharing Jesus grace and love with others. It’s my prayer God will use me in the craziness of each day. Please connect with Andre at Arise2Write or on faceook.com./andrea.perdue