Be Dilligent

After church today, our family took a ride through the countryside to head to a restaurant. I was still sensing the Lord close to my heart as I was looking out the window and recalling the sermon, songs, and conversations. It was here I sensed a deep impression as we were driving by something I won’t soon forget.

As we were driving along through this dreary day, I felt comfortable inside my car. The few remaining dry corn stalks were bending in the cold Wisconsin wind.  Clouds were hanging low as to remind us that snow was heading our way soon. I soaked in the beauty of big red barns set against the backdrop of a damp, grey sky.

I noticed a greenhouse. It was next to a barn, set beside a large tree. It appeared that it had not been in use for many years. Several windows were shattered. The reason for its dilapidated state however had obviously not been caused by outside forces, but rather by something from within.

Through the broken and shattered windows, I noticed branches reaching toward the outside. When I looked closer, I saw that a tree had been trying to grow on the inside. It was as if something very delicate was trying to contain a wild and trapped creature.

When I shared my experience at the restaurant with my family, we all agreed that a small seed must have gotten into the greenhouse. Eventually, and through many years of neglect, the tree had  grown out of control and was destroying the very thing that housed it.

Hebrews 12:15 came to mind.

“See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God;
that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble,
and by it many become defiled;”

Lord, we need your help. Show us our sins that threaten to overtake our lives. Teach us to live in the grace we desire for ourselves. Help us to be generous with grace toward others and forgive quickly. Show us how to live in such a way that not even the smallest root of bitterness takes hold. Thank you, Father, for Jesus, your greatest gift of grace to us!”

12 responses to “Be Dilligent”

  1. Hi Heidi. What a great analogy. It really put in mind how quickly bitterness can grow and take over. Great post.


    1. Thanks, Terri, for stopping in. You are a great encouragement to many! Keep going and keep pointing people to Jesus. Sending much love your way 🙂


  2. Friend, you nailed it with your prayer. To guard our hearts against bitterness as we are generous with grace toward others, is to take hold of the beauty and order God has ordained for His own. Many thanks, Heidi! ❤️


    1. Many thanks to you, dearest Kathie, for helping so many meander through the weeds and point to the things that need tending! You have a beautiful gift – thank you for using it for the Lord and His people. 🙂


  3. Thank you, Heidi, for sharing with us what He speaks and shows and shares with you! What a blessing to see Him all,around us! Love and blessings!


    1. Love and blessing to you, Debbie! Thanks for encouraging the Body of Christ (and my heart) 🙂


    2. By the way, I saw on your blog that we read through the same Christmas devotional 🙂


  4. You certainly have a gift, Heidi, for finding the spiritual lessons hiding in your surroundings. And SUCH a meaningful, concluding prayer you wrote! I say, “AMEN!,” to every word. It occurred to me that the greenhouse tree might have been reaching for the Light of its Maker. Who knows what diligence it must have taken to break through the glass and into the fullness of his Light!


    1. That’s a very good point, Nancy! We can’t live without light 🙂 It gives me such a clear picture of the power of diligence and perseverance – even if we can’t seem to see any progress in the moment. Our choices in the moment have consequences, for good or bad. Thank you for always encouraging my heart in the Lord, dear Nancy!


  5. Heidi, thank you for sharing the beautiful thoughts from your day. We are all blessed to be filled with the Holy Spirit so as to keep in bounds and to bring forth the fruit of what the Father plants. Blessings for your week in the Lord’s care. 🙂


    1. Thank you, Fran, for your continued work in God’s Kingdom … and for reading here 🙂

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