A few weeks ago I wrote about my hubby getting rid of some pesky poison oak around our home. I even posted a picture of some that had died and some that he had missed which was flourishing. Since then even that has died and turned brown. I was checking on it the other day and was surprised by beautiful lavender blooms on a flower bush near one of the trees. I did not plant this bush. I don't know if a bird dropped the seed or what but it just came up a few years ago and started blooming! Can anyone tell me what this flower is called?
It made me think about when the Lord starts dealing with us about the need to "kill" sin in our lives. It may be bitterness. Or anger. Or pride. Or selfishness. Or laziness. Whatever our pet sin is, when God starts asking us to "let it go" it sometimes is a painful process. Sometimes it dies slowly as our poison oak did leaving an ugly brown vine clinging to the tree.
Just as it was such a blessing to see the beautiful flower blooming right in front of the dead poison oak on our tree, so it is a blessing when we replace our pet sins with something good and wholesome. Bitterness can be replaced by sweetness. Anger by patience and long suffering. Pride by humility. Selfishness by sharing. Laziness by getting to work. I've asked God today to help me "plant" something beautiful in the place of some ugly things I have let creep into my life. How about you?
Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6: 11