2 Corin 4:7 : “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”( -Contd from Part 4 )
As we saw in the past few posts , it is during tough times that God teaches us our most precious lessons. If you were to ask me to point out the most valuable one, without a second thought I'd tell you that the most powerful one has also been my most difficult lesson and I continue to learn it every day. That is the lesson of Meekness – The Power to Refuse to be Offended, no matter what. I’ve already shared it with you in MEEKNESS IS NOT WEAKNESS. This post is about how this lesson turned my life around- Today, by the grace of God, a total Touch- Me- Not is now slowly becoming a sweet Forget- Me- Not!
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Maybe you have seen a Touch Me Not which is a sensitive plant with pretty leaves and a small fluffy pink flower-head. Its specialty is its rapid plant movement- its leaves close whenever something touches it. Many of us are just like that. Due to past hurt, we are easily offended by others words/ actions that we react strongly either by withdrawal/avoidance. When closed, the plant is hardly noticeable and it looks like common grass. It symbolizes shyness or shrinking.
A Forget me not on the other hand is a lovely plant with small blue flowers and they symbolize faithfulness and enduring love. It continues to linger in people’s memories not because of size/ fragrance, but simply because no matter what you do to it ,it will continue to be the same sweet smiling flower that it is!
Many times the hard knocks of life and rejection from people change us into persons we may not know nor want to be. We may even be struggling to be the person we really want to be but are afraid, I want to encourage you today that God sees beyond our fears and frailties. Not only does He sees us as we are now but He also sees us as what we can become in Christ. As we surrender ourselves into His hands, the magical transformation begins and we become more like Christ little by little day by day. This change is one that is from the Inside Out and it happens by the grace of God alone so that we say just like the Psalmist in Psalms 118:23 : “This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes.”
Concluding this 5 part series with the famous lines of the great poet Robert Frost:
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.