“But thou, O LORD, [art] a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head.“ Psalm 3:3
“…thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.” Psalm 18:35
(You can open the following link in a new tab/window to hear Fernando Ortega sing Give Me Jesus while your read…)
A sad sight caught my eye as I left my neighborhood this morning. It tugged at my heart-strings. All along the road the beautiful blooms on my neighbors’ peonies had been smacked down to the ground by yesterday’s driving rains, like the peony in the photo above.
The gardener in me wanted to stop the car, run over and lift up their pretty pink and yellow faces. I wanted gently shake the water off, and restore their dignity, poor things.
Often the driving rains of life smack me face-down into the mud, too. Just when I’m in full bloom and the weather’s fine, along comes a downpour.
That’s when I need a little help, ’cause, no matter how hard I try, I can’t seem to lift myself back up again.
I have to call for the Gardener to save me.
And when, in particularly desperate times, I add fasting to my pleas, it seems to hurry him up.
He lifts me up, shakes off the rain, restores my dignity.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.” 1 Peter 5:6
Oh, Father in Heaven, I’m so glad to be one of the flowers in your garden. You are the Master Gardener. You provide all I need to grow — love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. ( Galatians 5:22)
Take over today, Father. May I be a bright, beautiful flower that brings You and the people around me pleasure to be around. In Jesus’ name, Amen
P.S. Know any flowers you wish were in God’s Garden? Take a moment to pray for them. 🙂
P.S.S. Click on the fasting links to the right for lots of tips and encouragement to get growing!