Fleta R. Robinson
A tiny speck of yellow caught my eye as I walked from the car to the mobile home we live in. There in a narrow crevice was the tiniest dandelion I’d ever seen. It nestled in a wee crack of the stone walk my brother built some years ago when he came for a visit.
I stopped to check it out – the blossom was a mere quarter of an inch, but as sunny as any dandelion could possibly be. It’s resources (a bit of blown-in soil) was a meager amount, but the little flower was BLOOMING!
Hmmm – A lesson from an undersized dandelion? You betcha! Whatever “crevice” we find ourselves in, we are to bloom.
light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify
your Father in Heaven.”
Are finances short, requiring rigid discipline in what one can buy or do? Bloom! Someone may need your example to guide their actions and responses.
When God’s freely given gifts – love, joy, peace, mercy, grace, forgiveness, patience, (to name a few) come to us we are to stow them safely away for our own personal benefit, right? Wrong! Give them away. Freely pass them on to help others. Only in God’s divine economy can we find our personal supply does not diminish when we give these gifts away. May we recognize these true resources.
Jesus said, “Freely you have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8
Two songs vie for attention in my mind:
" He giveth more grace as
our burdens are greater
He sendeth more strength as our labors increase;
To added afflictions He addeth His mercy,
To multiplied trials He multiplies peace.
When we have exhausted our store of endurance,
When our strength has failed ere the day is half done,
When we reach the end of our hoarded resources
Our Father’s full giving is only begun.
His love has no limits, His grace has no measure,
His power no boundary known unto men;
For out of His infinite riches in Jesus
He giveth, and giveth, and giveth again." *
freely you have received
Freely, freely give.
Go in my name and because you believe
Others will know that I live." **
Whether you are a rose or a stunted dandelion, let your light shine – Bloom!
* Annie J. Flint
** Carol Owen
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