Takes Root

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What we allow to lodge within our hearts really does matter.

Late this afternoon, my fifteen year old basset hound became quite persistent in her requests for my attention.

Knowing her as I do, I got the leash and took her for a walk in our neighborhood.

At the corner of our front yard, we have a sizeable palm tree.

It’s trunk is quite large—it has taken twenty-three years to grow into its present state.

Walking the dog by the tree, I noticed something that I hadn’t before.

A fern plant was growing out of it’s trunk.

This is a common occurrence in my area, but it had not happened before in one of my own trees.

Also in the front lawn, we actually have several ferns that grow–-on the ground.

The fern that is growing out of our palm tree is doing so because a spore from a fern in the yard came and attached itself to the palm tree.

Finding the palm tree a suitable place to thrive, it began to do just that.

We are like that palm tree–you and me.

If there is an opening in our hearts, things can take root there and begin to grow.

It can be something good and good for us or it can be something bad and bad for us.

Love?

Compassion?

Faith in God?

Those are good things.

Hate?

Indifference?

Faithlessness?

Those are certainly bad.

Right now, the little fern looks pretty emerging from the tree.

I realize though, if more and more ferns come to find my tree as a home, its trunk will hardly be recognizable at some point.

It’s like that with us, too.

We can become so filled with the good things that God wants for us that we are hardly recognizable as the person we used to be.

We can also become so filled with bad things that will do us harm that we are hardly recognizable as the person we used to be.

The choice is ours.

What are we going to allow to grow inside our hearts?

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Look after each other so that not one of you will fail to find God’s best blessings. Watch out that no bitterness takes root among you, for as it springs up it causes deep trouble, hurting many in their spiritual lives.

—Hebrews 12:15

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You Are Worth More

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It had started raining about a half hour before I was to leave work.

When I had finally gathered all my things—-including a briefcase, purse, and a bottle of water—I headed out to the parking lot.

On the way, I scurried under a covered walkway as far as I could.

Not only was there rain, there was lightning.

Feeling uneasy about walking right out into the rain and flashes of light, I began to pray as I did so.

My prayer was probably something like this:

“Lord, please protect me.”

As I walked on the pavement, I suddenly heard a bird.

I looked up to see a bird singing, very high in a palm tree.

Singing in the midst of the storm.

Singing in the top of a tree.

Some lyrics came to my mind.

“For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

(by Civilla D. Martin)

As I got into my car, the storm continued.

I lowered a window in the car and got out my camera.

With a good zoom shot, I photographed the little bird.

Jesus said, Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.  And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.  So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”

—Matthew 10:29-31

God was comforting me with a singing bird, reminding me that His eye was on me as I walked across the parking lot in the rain and lightning.

His eye is on you, too.

Even when you walk through a storm…..

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