I would like to share with you something the Lord gave me during a time of Christian growth and my walk with him...
"Someone planted a seed, watered and kept the weeds out of the way so the plant could grow. In time the plant grew and then there were small pods. A little more time and the pods filled with peas. Harvest time came and the pods of peas were picked (chosen), placed in a basket and taken into the house. The lady of the house then began to shell the peas (remove the protective covering), and then all the shelled peas were placed in a colander and washed clean with water. From there the peas were placed in a cooking pot, covered with water, seasoned and placed on the stove with a high flame. The peas were then brought to a boil from the intense heat, and then the temperature was reduced and held to that degree for a period of time until the peas were tender and seasoned well. Now the peas are ready to be fed to a body for nourishment"
We as Christians; someone planted the seed of the word in us. Other prayed and kept that word protected until we began to grow. Then in time we were ready for our purpose. We were chosen, had our protective covering removed, and washed clean by the word of God, placed with many other Christians going through the same process. The heat became so intense to the boiling point, and then it was reduced so we could withstand the seasoning and maturing (trials and tribulations that come to all of us). Then we became tender, ready to feed the body, we fulfilled our purpose.
The peas never disappeared; they just changed into another dimension. We Christians, when our assignment on earth is complete, will also be changed into another dimension. There are all kinds of peas, English peas, black-eyed peas, purple-hull peas and probably some I have never heard of. There are also all kinds of Christians; English, Italian, African-American, American Indian and many, many more.... we all have our purpose designed by OUR GOD TO COMPLETE HIS PURPOSE ON EARTH.
This article, left me feeling very "ahem" "peas-ful"...LOL, no, I liked it and more than that I appreciate the humble depth of it and it's eternal application to our life here & now as we are prepared for our life "there and then." If only more would understand that our preparation isn't as much our doing as many have been led to believe. Our part, here and now, is simply the abiding in Christ, as you know already and know so well. "Peas on earth, good will toward men..."