I will take away the ashes on their head, and I will give them a crown. I will take away their sadness, and I will give them the oil of happiness. I will take away their sorrow, and I will give them celebration clothes. He sent me to name them ‘Good Trees’ and ‘The Lord’s Wonderful Plant.’ Isaiah 61:3 (ERV)
The other day, I went for a walk with my middle granddaughter. Well, I walked. She skipped, hopped, ran, backtracked, explored ditches, and all sorts of other things. Suddenly that whirlwind activity stopped. She was bent over examining a pretty purple flower growing along the side of the road. Of course we couldn’t leave it there. We had to pick it and take it back to Mom.
She was pretty excited about the “flower” she had found for her mom and my daughter dutifully put it in a little glass with water, setting it on the windowsill to get some sun. When Daddy came home and saw it, he whispered quietly in my daughter’s ear, “You know that’s a weed don’t you?” Where my granddaughter saw a flower, he saw a weed.
Can you see your mom or dad in this? When you look at them, do you see a “weed” or a “flower?” Do you see only the things that are wrong and not the things that are right? Do you only see the bad parts, not the good that that they still are? Do you think God sees a weed?
A good friend once told me that weeds are really flowers planted in the wrong place. And maybe that’s why you can only see the “weeds” right now. Maybe your mom or dad has been planted in the wrong place for them. They’re trying to grow outside the care and nurturing of God. They’re trying to thrive without the good soil of prayer and God’s truths. They’re letting circumstances control them rather than relying on God.
What do you think God sees when he looks at them? Does he see a weed? No, God sees a beautiful flower in need of some tender loving care. Where we see weeds, He sees a soul crying out for direction and love. Where we see the difficult circumstances, God sees the chance to turn it around for good. Where we see the things that are wrong, God sees a way to make them right.
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?” Matthew 6:28-30 (NLT)
God loves families and He wants to see them healthy and whole and thriving in His grace. He wants to see a full garden of beautiful flowers, beautiful hearts, loving each other and loving Him. That is why He will never stop caring for them, never stop loving them, never stop calling them home to Him and to the family that loves them.
Your prayers for your mom or dad are paving the way for this “weed” to become the beautiful flower God intends it to be. Your unconditional love, your forgiveness, your faith in what the Lord can do will work wonders in transforming Mom or Dad into that beautiful flower. So never stop praying for them, never stop believing. Look past where they are now and see them planted firmly on God’s foundations. Don’t look at the weeds, look at the flowers they will become. Keep the soil of your heart plowed and warm and ready for them to be transplanted into the place they belong.
They will be like trees planted in the courtyards of the Lord. They will grow strong in the courtyards of our God. Psalm 92:13 (ICB)
Kim, a stander in Nebraska
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