Monday, June 15, 2015

DINNER PLANS

     Some of us like things to work according to schedule. I have a touch of that. When I invite friends for dinner and tell them the time we will eat, I prepare what I can ahead and plan the rest of the cooking so things will be ready to serve when I promised. Even with minor glitches I can usually be reasonably close. If my guests don't allow for hiccups in their doings and come late, some things may be a tad over-cooked; some may be mush.

     In the account of Elijah and the widow of Zarephath, (1 Kings 17:9) God tells Elijah where to find the lady who will prepare food for him during the famine. When he arrives at the gate of the city there she is gathering sticks for a fire. God arranged the invitation, and the guest and hostess were both right on schedule.

     A dinner isn't crucial, but in our lives, plans and timing do matter. God cares about every detail. From the positioning and movement of each element of our universe to the number of petals in a particular type of flower we see design and purpose. And it is man that Father God cares most about in all of His creation.

     For each of us, He has an awesome plan. We have no problem in messing up the "whens" and "wheres". What a blessing that He is patient and, in His love, will wait so He can be gracious to us. (Isaiah 30:18) Our lives can be all that He wants them to be. If we are willing to take a close look at the invitation and follow its directions we will be guests at the most amazing banquet ever planned. (Revelation 19:9)
 

Monday, June 1, 2015

WASHING AND WEEDING

     With warmer days due to continue for a few months any excuses for not tending to things that need to be cleaned up inside and out fizzle. Indoor projects took priority my first week back in Ontario. I began tackling outdoor jobs the second week. The state of the gardens in spring proves that things left to themselves do not get better. Even the rhubarb whose nub pokes through the ground with the first bit of warm sunshine will go to seed unless we keep cutting its stalks.

     The perennial beds are the trickiest. Before the tulips lose their petals, I can be sure to find an eager weed that grows tall and produces lots of yellow flowers blooming wherever it finds a spot of bare earth. It's easy to pull out, but gets its revenge by leaving an orange stain on jeans, tee-shirts, any fabric it manages to contact.

     A weed like that sneaks into the garden and gets established before we realize the threat. At first there's just one. It's attractive. Then its offspring appear in amazing numbers and the battle begins.

     Our enemy operates the same way. He brings something against us that appears harmless. Not recognizing its potential we give it ground until it threatens to take over. God's Word tells us the land is ours. He gives us all we need to obtain it, but we have to fight.

     In the world and in our personal circumstances, we face opposition. Ultimately everything satan brings against us backfires on him, but until all evil forces are finally bound, we have to be alert and willing to keep on weeding out any insidious element that tries to take root.

It's not what Father God intended for us, but it's the way things will be in this world until the Lord Jesus assumes His rightful position here and the enemy is bound forever.