It’s Hidden

Jeremiah 33:3 (NKJV), “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’

Colossians 2:2-4 (NIV), “My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ,  in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.”

We were talking with friends tonight who recently took a trip to Thailand and noted they were rich…in their hearts, though not materially.

Jesus taught in Matt 13:44, “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.”

Tomato Plants

Nobody wanted these luscious, 20″ high, potted plants in high quality soil to replant in their garden!  I’m sure they wouldn’t mind fully ripened fruit though, right?

Are you the potted tomato plant?  No ripe fruit?  Immature?  Not enough root (leg) room in which to grow?

Or, are you the inpatient, too busy one for the immature plant?  Doesn’t want the bother.  The plants need to be valued for where they are just now;  they need nurturing, food and water, with plenty of sunlight – and patience.

Despise not small beginnings.  “Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand,” Zechariah 4:10.

“A bruised reed shall He not break, and the smoking flax shall He not quench: He shall bring forth judgment unto truth,” Isaiah 42:3.

Daddy, God, how You’ve grown us through the years, trials, mistakes and tears! Let us pay attention to the ‘humble beginnings’ near us and offer encouragement where it’s needed.