I clicked on “Publish” a couple of hours ago on a post about my mind-bending thoughts on God, healing, and hurts. Imagine my delight when I plopped down on the couch this afternoon to read today’s entry for the devotional book Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It’s written from the perspective of Jesus talking directly to us about our circumstances:
Keep your focus on Me. I have gifted you with amazing freedom, including the ability to choose the focal point of your mind. Only the crown of My creation has such remarkable capability; this is a sign of being made in My image.
Let the goal of this day be to bring every thought captive to Me. Whenever your mind wanders, lasso those thoughts and bring them into My Presence. In My radiant Light, anxious thoughts shrink and shrivel away. Judgmental thoughts are unmasked as you bask in My conditional Love. Confused ideas are untangled while you rest in simplicity of My Peace. I will guard you and keep you in constant Peace, as you focus your mind on Me.
2 Corinthians 10:5 (NIV)
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
Isaiah 26:3 (AMP)
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.
Small tree in our backyard
About ten years ago, I was given a potted plant by an unsuspecting friend that may have thought that I have a green thumb. I am pretty creative and have a talent or two, but when it comes to plants, not so much. The pot for the plant cracked in half when I was trying to move it, so as any non-green thumb would do, I threw the plant, broken pot and all, behind a shrub in the back yard where I didn’t think I’d have to look at it again, and promptly forgot about it.
Several years later, we are having our overgrown landscape gutted in the backyard, and look what I found! The small plant that was in a broken pot continued to be watered by our sprinklers for years after I threw it out. It sprouted roots through the broken pot, and now has an impressive diameter of trunk and branches as a small tree.
You may be able to see that this now reaches well over the height of our fence. It started off as a 12 inch potted plant.
The thing that got me about this is that I felt like this plant was garbage. However, I was too lazy to take it out to the trash. So ten years later, there’s a monstrous plant/tree that we have to pay professionals to uproot. How often do we allow this to happen in our thoughts or spiritual life? A behavior, or sin, or thought pattern may need to be completely uprooted and reprogrammed. If we aren’t intentional about getting rid of the junk, it may grow into something we never expected.
Without proper maintenance, weeds and even healthy plants can get out of control and take over. Here are the pros gutting the place so we can start over.
When the pros are finished completely uprooting this mess, we’ll spray and kill everything unwanted at the root so that it won’t grow again. Then we can plant new growth!