What Are You Holding on To?
Over the summer, I along with another sister took the opportunity to visit with a dear sister who was very ill and has since gone home to be with the Lord. In preparation, I went to a nearby farmer's market where they sell fresh cut field flowers that are very prettily arranged in a mason jar.
As many women reading this already know, putting anything in a mason jar makes it special, and knowing I had a ton of jars at home, I picked out the brightest, prettiest blooms to take to her.
Once home, I went to my kitchen and pulled out a nice jar that had a handle, one that could also be used for drinking. I arranged and cut the flowers to look like what I had seen, and it turned out perfect. Plus, the handle made it easy to pick up and move.
The next morning, gathering my things to leave, I looked at the flowers and thought, “That’s the only jar I have with a handle. She won’t know the difference if I switch it to a regular jar.“ So, just like that, I went to my basement, got a normal jar, and made the switch.
We enjoyed a nice visit with her. The flowers brightened her room, and we were glad for the time spent with her.
The next day as I was emptying my dishwasher, the last piece remaining was the original jar with the handle. As I reached up to put it on a shelf over my head, I missed, and it fell on my tile floor, shattering into a million pieces. Immediately I thought, “I should’ve given her the flowers in that jar. It would still be in one piece now.”
Conviction washed over me.
Once I made the flowers up and got them ready for her, the jar was no longer mine, but hers. I coveted what I had given away in my heart and then took it back.
I am thankful the Lord loves me enough to expose the secret corners of my heart that still need His love and refining grace as He continues to complete the work that He started in me.
Scripture says there is nothing that I have or own that is mine; it is all God’s (Psalm 24:1, 1 Corinthians 12:26, and 1 Timothy 6:7-8). And if that is not all, I am to do everything “heartily” as if I were doing it for the Lord (Colossians 3:23).
Looking back, it baffles me; I don’t even miss it. Whatever God gives me, I must be willing to use and give away in His service. God loved me enough to send His very best. If I say that I love Him, then I am required to do no less, holding nothing back.
Dare to Share Verse of the Day
Philippians 4:6 – Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
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