Monday, May 3, 2010

Blackberry Cobbler or Mud Pies?

My husband loves blackberries and he loves blackberry cobbler even more!  Because he likes them so well, he decided to try to grow his own blackberry vines this year.  He bought 4 starters and nursed them along until it was time to plant them out in the yard.  Three of the four are about the same size, but one of them is just a little bit smaller than the rest, but overall they were all doing fine.

Then the rain came.

It rained so hard during the night on Sunday night, I thought we would float away.  When Todd got up on Sunday morning, he went out to check on his beloved blackberry vines.  The three taller ones were ok, but that 4th one was no where to be found.  It was in trouble.  The heavy rain and storm had washed mud up over the little plant completely covering it.  He reached down to the spot where the plant should have been and smeared some of the mud a little and there they were --- the tender green leaves of the blackberry vine were covered in mud.  He cleaned the mud off the leaves and the pulled the plant up out of the sloppy mess and replanted it, but this time a little higher. 

Sometimes that's what life is like.  We are just happily sitting out in life's garden, thinking we're doing ok, and then a storm comes.  Sometimes its a big storm and when it passes, the mess it leaves behind almost suffocates us.  Then our Jesus comes uncovers us from the mud, cleans us off, and puts us on higher ground so that we can start all over

     "He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along."  Psalms 40:2

Sometimes our storms are things we have no control over, but sometimes our storms are things we get caught up in and before we know it, we're covered in mud.  Some of it has just washed up on us and some of it covers us because we have just gotten into a plain old mud fight.  Had Todd not uncovered that plant, cleaned it off, and moved it, the plant probably would have died.  Being covered in mud suffocates the life from within us. 

What's got you all muddy?  Family Strife? Work Relationships? Differences of Opinions with Someone? Broken Friendships? An Unwise Choice?

What's Suffocating Your Life?  No matter what it is, Praise Jesus, He is there waiting for you to cry out so that he can lift you out of the mud, clean you off, and set you on solid groud.  After all, isn't He in the vine dressing business?

Blackberry cobbler anyone?

Amy Dotson, RPDOTK (Royal Princess Daughter Of The King)
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