Sunday Scriptures — Shredded Leaves

Isaiahby Sandy Kirby Quandt

Happy Father’s Day to all of the fathers and substitute fathers out there.

There is an area of our yard under a large mulberry tree that is filled with asparagus fern, thai and ginger plants. Recently I noticed shredded leaves on the thai and ginger that destroyed their beauty and couldn’t figure out what caused the damage.

Then I realized the leaves were fine before I relocated the bird feeder to that area.

Seems the squirrels used the leaves as safety nets when they tumbled from the feeder, and destroyed the leaves in the process.

Easy enough to fix. I moved the feeder.

As I pounded the metal pole holding the feeder into the ground at its new location, I thought about the times we stay in harmful situations that destroy our beauty. We expose ourselves to the sharp nails of the things of life that shred our souls just as easily as the squirrels shred my plants.

Although the problem of restoring the beauty of my plants was a simple matter of relocating the bird feeder, it may not be as easy to restore our inner beauty.

It takes courage and strength to remove ourselves from the destructive elements of this life. While the process is often painful, the end result is worth the effort.

Separated from the squirrels’ destructive sharp nails my plants are thriving. You might say they even look happy!

God promises the same can happen to us when we separate ourselves from the things we know harm us. He can repair our brokenness and turn our sadness into beauty.

Anything you need to move away from so your joy and beauty can be restored?

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… to provide for those who mourn in Zion; to give them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, festive oil instead of mourning, and splendid clothes instead of despair. And they will be called righteous trees, planted by the Lord to glorify Him. Isaiah 61:3 (HCSB)

I wish you well.


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