I’ve been reviewing the good and bad from last year and have come to a conclusion: I can let the thorns and thistles choke out the good in life or I can focus on what God does – souls.
Genesis 3 verse 18 and 19 talk about how after Adam and Eve sinned the ground was cursed, but it was so much more than ground. It was their lives. And those of every generation yet to come. To me, thorns and thistles are the challenges we all face in seeking to please Him, and I for one find I seem to face them daily.
Added to that is the whole concept of dust. Other bibles phrase it differently but mine calls it dust, which is a compelling idea to me. A wise man once said stuff’ll grow in dirt but dust is worthless, since it has zero nutrients, which is my point exactly. God took a worthless substance He Himself had created and used it to make something of ultimate worth; Mary, the future mother of His divine Son, the Saviour of humanity. Which speaks of potential. I love how God chooses foolish things to confound the proud. How much more foolish can you get than to use worthless dust to birth something that became the avenue of rescue for what God was willing to die for? Us.
Joyce Meyer often encourages her listeners to, “think about what you’re thinking about.” I have a friend who called this morning to share some things she’s been thinking on recently. Some of them were pretty bizarre, and she didn’t like where they’d been taking her. Yet she seemed unable to see clearly, or change her choices.
If today finds you in a hard place and maybe doubting your worth and value, think on this – in God’s hands dust is never worthless. And nor are you.
Kari, the dust-girl
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