DayBreaks for 11/12/15: Wildflowers for God
Ruele Howe tells about growing up with his parents in the country. When he was 15 years old, the house caught on fire. They escaped with only the clothes on their backs. There were no close neighbors to help so he and his father walked to a distant village to get supplies. As they returned they saw something that stayed with Ruele Howe all those years after. Beside the charred remains of what had been their house, his mother had laid out lunch on a log. She had placed a tin can filled with wildflowers on the log. It was a symbol of hope in the midst of tragedy.
This is the Christian faith, isn’t it? She didn’t try to cover up the disaster with flowers, but in the midst of that gloomy scene she had placed a symbol of hope.
There is a story in the New Testament about a very poor widow who visited the temple one day and put her two coins into the collection. The point of this story isn’t that we should give (which we should), but rather that we should have faith – a faith that finds expression in what we do and how we live our life. Do you think that after this woman demonstrated her faith in God to provide for her needs that she went home, lay down and starved to death? No, me neither.
These two coins that the widow placed in the temple treasury were her wildflowers. This was her symbol, her way of saying I know God will provide.
What ways are you demonstrating your faith in God? Is it more than a conversation topic to you – are you living it? Am I?
TODAY’S PRAYER: Jesus, I want to be a person who lives by faith. I don’t know what went through the widow’s mind or heart, but I know that I want to have greater faith! It frightens me to say that, God, but I know You are a good Father. In Jesus’ name, Amen.