Monday, November 1, 2010
VICTORY NOT DEFEAT
A few years ago, I created a flower garden in honor of my Mother who had gone home to be with the Lord. Poppy seeds were chosen since they seemed to represent her life - which was so fleeting.
I dug up the soil, prepared it, planted the seeds and waited. Eventually some beautiful poppies appeared - but a strong wind devastated them. What a failure of an attempt, it seemed. How discouraging. All of that work and waiting…and nothing, less than nothing, it seemed, as those beautiful poppy blossoms lay in the dirt and the petals fluttered away in the wind.
Yet I could hear, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant” - but how could that be? All of that effort and nothing….
Then I thought about Jesus. He came to tend a garden, too.
In His own family - some thought He was crazy.
In His own village as a carpenter - some went to the competition for their needs.
In His nation - some thought He was a failed King.
In His world - some killed Him and thought that was the end of it.
It all seemed such a failure - but look what happened - Jesus arose in triumph! God’s perfect plan was completed after all. What looked like an utter failure was, in reality, the biggest victory ever.
So next time God gives you a garden (your home, your marriage, your children, your job) to tend and it looks like it didn’t turn out as you envisioned it, realize that God sees everything from His point of view and He very well may say to you, no matter how it looks,
“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Let’s celebrate!” Matthew 25:23