After being away for 2 weeks, my wife and I were glad to be home. We had friends who looked after the house and so we did not worry about anything. We spent about a day or so to unpack and relax. Suddenly something caught my attention. One of my potted plants was withering. I was pretty alarmed because it was not for the lack of water that it was dying. Gardening was an amateur hobby for and all I knew was that plants need water and sun; so right away I took it out to the balcony where it got plenty of sunlight. The very next day, the plant came alive again and I was ecstatic. My plant was so relieved that it even rewarded me with it first flower bud. I couldn't be a happier man.
In John 15, we read that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. I felt in this little incident, I was the main protector of my little pot-plant. I was not there for 2 weeks which resulted in it dying and when I rescued it, it gave me a reward as a way of saying thanks. I think about Jesus and how I am grated into His vine and how He can never move away to take 2-week break from me and I am comforted. He knows when I am withering and when I am blossoming and He knows when it is the right time to come and rescue me. Always.
If you are at a place where you need 'rescuing', do know that our Saviour Jesus Christ has always been there. The question is, have you allowed yourself to be grated into His vine and allow His healing sap flow into your life? Do take time to ponder even if you think you do not need 'rescuing' ... the truth is; we all need to be saved.
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This is a great devotional and encouraging piece. I like it when the writer starts out with a real experience that most people can relate to. I have a horrible time keeping plants alive personally!
One thing I might suggest would be to limit the passive lines. Instead of using verbs like was, is, have, get try out verbs that pop a bit. For example: This line:I was pretty alarmed because it was not for the lack of water that it was dying.
could be changed to: My heart started thudding when I touched the soil and felt the proper amount of dampness. Something else caused my plant to wither.(That's not perfect, but I hope it gives you an idea of what I mean.)
You did a nice job of transitioning into your message and you left the reader with a sense of hope. Nice job! Keep writing. As long as you follow God's nudgings, you'll find your words will do wonders to aching hearts.
Well put Edwin, I really love the points you made and the ease and clarity with which you made them. I read John 15 again and for me what stands out is verse five where Jesus said, "...for without me ye can do nothing." Brother this is powerful stuff and shows the centrality of Jesus to anything worthwhile we may achieve. No wonder Paul said, "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified." (1 Corinthians 2:2) I would that the entire world would take another look at this man Christ Jesus. Thank you brother, keep sharing your thoughts and God bless.