I was gardening one morning when I spied a familiar looking plant growing up between the cracks of my sidewalk. I left it there to see what it might be. Within days it had a beautiful pink bloom and a second bud starting. Instead of transplanting it, I left it where it was. I surrounded it gently with Miracle Gro soil and closed it in snuggly with rocks. A friend was over a few days ago and accidently stepped on it and broke off it’s bloom, sorta crushed it too. But I just added more soil and left it where it was. It rebloomed within days.
“18 Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you,
And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you, For the Lord is a God of justice. How blessed are all those who long for Him.” (Isaiah 30:18)
9 “The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.”
This is the Heart of God, and it should be our heart too. Do we wait to have compassion? Do we long to be gracious to others? Or are we poised, ready to pounce on the slightest mistake another makes and point it out to them.
thank you that you find us in the driest of place, You grow us right where we are. You surround us with good soil, so our roots can spread out. You hem us in with the Mighty Rock of Your presence. You water us with Your Word. Make us like You, Jesus, make us like you. You spoke often of loving one another as You have loved us, especially when you knew your time was coming to leave this earth. Give us Your heart for others. Grant us the Heart of God. Amen