by Sandy Kirby Quandt
There is an area of our yard under a large mulberry tree that is filled with asparagus fern, Thai and ginger plants. When I noticed shredded leaves on the Thai and ginger, I 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 restore what’s broken. 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 our lives are exposed to toxic sharp nails 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 is not always so easy to restore what’s broken in lives that have been shredded by life.
It takes courage and strength to remove the destructive elements from our life.
And it takes the love of a Savior to restore what’s broken.
Separated from the squirrels’ destructive sharp nails my plants are thriving. You might say they even look happy!
God promises us the same can happen when we separate ourselves from the things we know harm us. He can repair what’s been shredded, restore what’s broken, 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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This updated post first appeared on Woven and Spun June 19, 2016.
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