Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – January 22, 2019
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
I have a plant named Phil. My husband and I granted him this name because it’s short for philodendron, and also because he earned the name due to a very unfortunate experience that he had when he first became a part of our family.
When my husband and I first married, I wanted a plant to brighten up the kitchen. “Just something little,” I said. “And something fake so that I don’t have to water it.” I definitely don’t have a green thumb, so something no-maintenance sounded ideal. “Let’s go to IKEA. They have fake plants,” I said. My husband agreed and off we went.
When we arrived at the store, they had quite a few plastic plants to choose from but I zeroed in on a small philodendron. “This will be perfect!” I said. I was amazed at how real it looked.
Upon arriving at home, I took the plant out of its little plastic pot and shook off the fake dirt. “They have come a looooong way with these fake plants. Even the dirt looks real and it even has fake roots!” I marveled. I cut off the artificial roots with scissors and carefully put my new purchase inside a small, glass terrarium, then placed it on the kitchen island. It looked beautiful. And best of all, I wouldn’t have to water it.
During clean up, I noticed something printed on the side of the plastic pot. It was a symbol of the sun! And there was also a picture of a little water pitcher! “Oh nooooo! Care instructions!” I shouted. “It’s real!”
I took the pot to show my husband who was mowing the yard. “You mean it’s real?!” he shouted over the roar of the mower. “Yep!” I shouted back. And that was the beginning of our relationship with Phil. And let me tell you . . . Phil is a fighter. He survived being replanted in a new pot without roots and he even thrived. We love him so much that now he is a part of our family.
This experience with Phil reminds me of 3 principles that we can all put into practice when life hurts.
“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast” (1 Peter 5:10).
Lord, thank you that there is no hardship or trouble that I will experience that you will not help me to get through. You are always with me, will help me grow, and you will sustain me. No heartache is ever wasted. Amen.
Praise God for His goodness and that you are not a victim, but a victor in Him.
God hasn’t promised life will be without difficulty, but He has promised He will be with us through difficulty. #WisdomHunters #adversity
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