2015 - "Three Little Words" by Terry Ferguson
The Fruit of the Spirit
2016 - "Through the Year with Francis of Assisi"
by Murray Bodo
2017 - Thanks-Living

Sunday, June 11, 2017

From God's Hand

"Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand."  -1 Chronicles 29:14

The calyx of the flower is that green leafy part that covers the bud before it opens.  It serves to protect the bud while it is forming.  Lilias Trotter gleaned a lesson from the buttercup's calyx:  "Look at this buttercup as it begins to learn its new lesson.  The little hands of the calyx clasp tighly in the bud round the beautiful petals; in the young flower their grasp grows more elastic--loosening somewhat in the daytime, but keeping the power of contracting, able to close in again during a rainstorm, or when night comes on.  But see the central flower which has reach its maturity.  The calyx hands have unclasped utterly now--they have folded themselves back, past all power of closing again upon the petals, leaving the golden crown free to float away when God's time comes."

The lesson:  "Have we learned the buttercup's lesson yet?  Are our hands off the very blossom of our life?  Are all things--even the treasures that He has sanctified--held loosely, ready to be parted with, without a struggle, when He asks for them?"

I am grateful that God asks nothing more of me than what He has given me.

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