Not like one hears the joke that says about being kept in the dark and fed manure. A different kind, hope as I rattle on it starts making sense.
Around here, and in some other parts of the country there is a fungus, a morel, that people love to find and eat. I don’t due to my gluttony when I was about 12 or so when I just ate too many, got sick and ever since if I try to eat any, I get sick again so I don’t eat them. But I love to hunt them. These morels only comes out a certain time of the year, and conditions have to be just right. Enough moisture, but not too much, ground has to be warm, but not too warm, lots of leave litter, decaying material like old trees, but not too many. For some reason, they don’t grow too much around dead trees so there have to be some live trees too. When conditions are finally right, one can find them in the woods. Sometimes (for me, way more often than not) you have to do a lot of walking to find enough for people to be able to have a meal. Other times, you hardly get in the woods and they seem to be everywhere and you get a big bunch. Those are few, but very fun to have happen.
Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, Always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, For your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now;
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Even as it is meet for me to think this of you all, because I have you in my heart; inasmuch as both in my bonds, and in the defence and confirmation of the gospel, ye all are partakers of my grace. For God is my record, how greatly I long after you all in the bowels of Jesus Christ. And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ; Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.
Ok, so I gave you a lesson on morel hunting, awesome, but what does that have to do with me? Well, I was thinking that I was like a morel in that conditions, due to my own choices, had to be just right, when they were, God was there, waiting for me to call to Him. I was surrounded there in the debris of my life, yet Jesus waited patiently, the “ground” of my heart was finally at the right point, the right temperature; the debris of my life was, though just debris, the nutrients I needed to make me ready to grow spiritually. Well, ground not quite at the right point, it reached that point the moment I called to God, asked Him to help me. Confessed my sins to Him, gave God my worries, cares, pains and all other problems. AND….I started growing.
Yes, God has started a good work in me, my growth in the spirit. But, I don’t want to be only a morel, a mushroom. I want to be more for Him, I want to grow and become something much better for Christ. I want to be something He can use. I continue to work on my relationship with God. I have come a long way, and still have a long, long way to go. I thank Him for the progress, and look forward to much more in the future.
Lord, I praise You and thank You for salvation, mercy, forgiveness. I ask You continue to work with me, help me grow further in Christ. That You use me, my words, my life, to show what Jesus can do, and has done with someone as simple and lowly as me. I pray for loved ones that Christ works in their hearts and minds to draw them to You, to make them hunger for You. Help them to grow from the debris of life, create the nurturing conditions to bring them to You and to show them that Christ has a plan for them. I pray for those that are going through changes, that You be with them and help them through stressful times. That you have control over job conditions so that the right job, right location is available for them. I thank Jesus for all He has done for me and eagerly anticipate further improvements in me and my life. Thank You God for the gift of Your son to make all these things possible for me.
I appreciate all that read my blog, I hope that there is some type of blessing for someone in my words. As I have said before, this is a growth platform for me, a way I can think out issues, to try to look at myself from a different perspective and see where I have had so many failures and, a few successes. I have grown a lot and benefited a lot from doing this and hope it gives something good to someone else as well.
Have a blessed day, and try to be a blessing to at least one other person today.