But they couldn’t reach Him because of the crowd. So they went up to the roof and took off some tiles. Then they lowered the sick man on his mat down into the crowd, right in front of Jesus. Luke 5:19
The evening was warm and the suns rays could still be seen on the horizon, as my husband and I walked our usual loop around the neighborhood. The beauty of the Lord’s creation is always a pleasure to see and often surprises me by it’s sudden teachings. On this particular night my attention was caught by a lovely, light yellow hydrangea that had worked its way through a fence in search of sunlight. And oh my, how that flower had benefited from the sun. It had fully bloomed and was such a sweet yellow color it seem to be bursting with joy.
I thought about how hard that bud had worked to reach the sun. It was at the bottom of the bush and trapped behind the fence, it must have been pretty dark down there.
And then the Lord asked me, “How hard are you working to reach the Son?” I knew exactly what the Lord meant.
In this dark world we need to be constantly seeking after Jesus. It’s so easy to be distracted by work, obligations and the pleasures of this life. If we don’t plan and purposely set aside time to meet with the Lord, it will rarely happen.
We will be like the other hydrangeas locked in the dark, behind the fence, where no one sees us and we have no impact on others. But to grow and bloom and to feel the full strength of the Son, we must spend time in God’s word. Then the Lords joy and our purpose in this life will be evident for all to see.
Prayer: Dear Lord, how I thank you for your beautiful creation that is always teaching me and reminding me of you. Help me to consistently set aside time daily for you, to see your Son and to grow in spiritual maturity. Amen.