Green – Thumb – Wrestling

Posted: April 26, 2013 in Wicked Pissah

I detest any type of yard work, and I strongly detest gardening. A person that loves to work in the garden is affectionately known as a “green thumb”.

green-thumb

As a green thumb you essentially are tossing seeds, and then caring, watering, feeding, and nurturing your plant. Some plants grow faster than others, and sometimes the slower plants frustrate the green thumb.

The same thing can happen as we pour our lives into others. With countless hours of listening, counseling, giving advice, and helping them make decisions, we want to see them grow. I’m terrible at the waiting part, and always want the seeds that I’ve planted in that individual grow fast. I wrestle with these questions all the time. It’s time to stop thumb wrestling with my green thumb. Recently after not seeing many seeds grow that I’ve planted and cared for in people, I began to be frustrated wondering if I am making a difference.

Well God gave me two answers one day apart about whether I am making a difference. The irony of it all was it happened while I was in bed with the Flu and unable to even get up and care for myself. Essentially I was useless at the time. But God showed that he can use what I did in the past for good even when I’m not doing anything for that whole week. he can do the same for you too!

A friend of mine asked if I could send her the book I wrote to give to a another friend. I mailed it out right before I got the Flu and didn’t think about it again…until I got this message via email.

“Dear Mr. King, My name is xxxx, xxxxx and I received your book today included in a box of treasures from anonymous angels. I have to say, I have been struggling this week to find the strength to keep fighting. I have been sad and lost since finding out I had cancer and watching my families life fall apart. Thank you for being a part of this extremely kind act. Your friend is an angel and I will never forget this. God Bless you sir and thank you for the book! And please hug your amazing friend for me and tell who ever it is that I feel my spirit renewed and feel so blessed today. I don’t know how you all knew I needed every item in this box but all I can say right now is that God hasn’t forgotten any of us – especially with such angels among us”

Then the next day after my blog came out about the Flu, I got this email.

Dan, this is xxxxx. You helped me when I was on the side of the road out of gas. I really needed this. Wow! God has used you twice to send me a message. I had been backsliding and depressed. Thank you

Immediately my questions to God about the growth of the seeds that I was laying down were answered. Not only was it in His timing, perfect timing, but He showed me that we truly are God’s  masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

You see, even the seeds we plant long ago keep working for their good, and His good. Even sometimes when it seems like they aren’t, and that we aren’t making a difference with every individual that we pour into.

Formula of the Week

Our Timing is  ≠(not equal)  to God’s Timing

Question of the Week

Have you ever wondered if you are really making a difference? Have you gotten the answers? Let us know by dropping a comment.

Comments
  1. Gary says:

    Great testimonies! Indeed, great examples of how our lives should be truly making a difference unto the glory of God in so many ways, even when we don’t realize it.

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