Friday, April 27, 2012
Although I was up fairly early this morning, and took some lovely shots of cloud formations (some leaving water trails that dried before hitting the ground) I didn’t want to take time to use one of them. Instead, here’s a photo of the Indian Hawthorne that use to grow in front of our front porch. The dry summer before last year’s drought took the last of them.
Growing in that spot now are weeds. Hardly even grass, simply weeds. We’ve been working on some other areas around the house (goat pens, you know) and a container garden at the end of the back porch, but this area has been neglected.
Right now it serves as a reminder of Jesus’ parable of the sower – while there may be some good ground, most of it is weed choked:
And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: (Matthew 13:7 KJV)
Today there are a lot of questions about “Why?” “Why didn’t Jesus proclaim Himself king then?” “If He’s the Prince of Peace, why do we still have war?” “If He’s the God of love, why is there so much hatred?” The disciples had their own questions of “Why?”:
And the disciples came, and said unto him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. (Matthew 13:10-11 KJV)
The Bible gives us the best of what we need to know:
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV)
Human reasoning, no matter how smart we think we are, cannot match the mind of God. We’re lucky if we can garner a five-year plan, much less make it work, and He’s created a universe that continues to spin beyond comparison. We know about His ways:
As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. (Psalms 18:30 KJV)
And, we know what He expects from us – and what we gain from following His ways:
Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. (Psalms 128:1 KJV)
May your day be blessed!