We have a prolific chipmunk population on our property. These rascals can clear off the birdfeeder lickety-split. Chipmunks are hoarders. They get their pouches filled with seed and bury them in various and sundry places. It guarantees me blooming sunflowers in September! In early July I noted a sprout growing from the crack between the stairs and the sidewalk leading up to our front porch; it quickly grew and this past weekend it bloomed. Isn’t it pretty? (above)
The chipmunks’ hoarding habits make for wonderful photos, don’t you agree? I have never once planted a sunflower seed! I don’t need to!
This year’s sunflower in the crack immediately stirred a blog inside my soul. And, then, last week my daughter was here for a quick stop – she couldn’t miss the stalk arising from the crack and shared with me…
“Just the other day I said to my friend, when our lives have a lot cracks in them the better The Light can shine through!”
Does anyone in the room know about restoration and the mercy of God? My daughter and I are the first to raise our hands! Both of us are living proof of the unconditional love and grace of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61.1-3
I will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten — the great locust and the young locust, the other locusts and the locust swarm…and you will praise the name of the Lord your God, who has worked wonders for you…Joel 2.25-26
For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 2 Corinthians 4.6-7
I will repeat that for those of you who think I made a mistake! There is great value in being broken – there is an account in the Old Testament where God used CRACKED POTS to confuse the enemy and bring victory to the Israelites! You can read about Gideon and his small army here.
It is our tendency to discard things that are broken, BUT GOD looks at the broken, the cracked, the throw-away’s and sees beauty in the making.
Just like my lovely, living, vibrant sunflower ascending from the dirty crack – you see,
Let’s wear our broken and our cracks with great grace, we are not discards; we are the redeemed of a merciful Savior.
Do you know Him?
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