I love plants! I don’t have a lot of space for them so I only have five. I try to get plants that are low maintenance because I don’t have the gardener’s touch that my mama had. I talk to my plants. Research says it’s good for them. I have given my plants names: Tangy, Grapefruit, Sunshine, Blossom, and Rae.
One summer day a few years ago, I decided to try to prune Rae’s leaves cause she was getting too big and I didn’t want to put her in a bigger pot. Then I had this bright idea to just take some of her leaves out of the pot. I ended up taking her completely out of the pot, and she kind of fell apart. I put her back in after removing some of the leaves. She didn’t like it. Her leaves started withering one by one. I was sad to see that she was dying. I took her outside on the back porch. She’s an indoor plant but I thought that maybe being outdoors would help. It didn’t seem to help. She continued to wither away. I saw little gnats on her soil. I placed her in the corner on the back porch and stopped watering her. I figured it was over.
All her leaves withered and turned brown. She looked completely dead to me. My feelings were a little hurt because she had been with me for a long time. You may be saying, “My goodness, it was only a plant”, yes, but it was my plant. One day I was getting ready to throw everything out of the pot, I saw something green. Now remember all the leaves were withered and brown. I immediately pulled out the brown, withered leaves and there it was: a little green baby leaf. I asked myself, “How could this possibly be?”
I added some dirt to the pot and left it outside. I noticed a few days later that she seemed to be doing just fine. I cleaned up the pot and took it back inside. Everyday Rae grew a little bigger, and then I saw another leaf. I smile now every time I look at Rae. She seems to be doing just fine. What would have happened had I just dumped everything out of the pot without looking closely at it? Yes, it was just a plant, but I think God used that plant to remind me and you that, it’s not over until He says it’s over.
Are you on a quest to be fit for the Master’s use? Have you been on a quest to be fit for the Master’s use and have given up and quit? Have you been letting healthy living information that you have heard about go in one ear and out the other, thinking that it’s too late to change or improve now? Well my friend, it’s not too late!
Let me share two examples of when it looked like it was over, but God said it wasn’t. We read in the 11th chapter of John about three people whom Jesus loved: Mary, Martha and their brother Lazarus. One day Jesus got the message that Lazarus was sick. Jesus didn’t go see about him for two days. Lazarus had died and had been buried by the time Jesus arrived. Now you’ve got to admit, this was a hopeless situation. It was indeed over! When Jesus arrived, they took Him to the tomb where Lazarus was buried. Jesus took time and spoke to God the Father. He then cried out with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth and in the first part of the 44th verse we read: And he that was dead came forth. God showed everyone that it was not over!
We read in the book of Exodus about the freedom of God’s people from slavery and the beginning of national identity. Pharaoh had finally let the people go in verse 13, but later had a change of heart. He took his army and went after them. They had gotten as far as the Red Sea when they saw Pharaoh and his men. This situation looked hopeless. I’m sure they thought it was over.
God said it wasn’t over! He divided the waters of the Red Sea like a wall in two directions at once (north and south). The children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground. The Egyptians pursued and went in after them, like a bunch of fools. God released the waters once the children of Israel had crossed to the other side. That was the end of Pharaoh’s army. They drowned in the Red Sea. Can’t you just imagine God saying, “Now, it’s over“!
You may be sick in your in your mind, in your body, in your spirit and/or financially. It may seem like every time you lose five pounds, you gain back eight. It may seem like trying to live a healthy lifestyle is just too difficult. You may feel like you will never get to where you desire to get to in life. You may have already said, “Just forget it.” There have been many times when I have said those words – but God is saying, “It’s not over.”
Job 22:28 reads, “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways.” We want to decree and declare these words: “It’s not over, it’s not over, it’s not over until God says it’s over.” Family members may say it’s over. Circumstances may say it’s over. You may have said before you read this blog, that it’s over. My friend, it’s not over until God, the author and finisher of your faith says it’s over!
You can still experience peaceful living if you have a right relationship with God. You can still learn a way of eating that is simple, balanced, and easy to understand. You can still make time to do some form of exercise. You can still stop smoking and drinking. You can still stop speaking negatively. You can still be delivered from any habit. You can still have the victory. You can still give your life to Christ and let Him use you.
When I think of Rae, I am reminded that it’s not over until God says it’s over!
A little humor
Jonah and the Whale
One day, a teacher was talking to her first grade class about whales when a little girl had a question.
Little Girl: “Do whales swallow people?”
Teacher: “No, even though they are much bigger than a person, they have throat pleats that filter their food of krill and plankton.
Little Girl: “But Mrs. Thurston says Jonah was swallowed by a whale.”
Teacher getting angry: “Blue whales cannot swallow people.”
Little Girl: “Well, when I get to heaven I’ll just ask Jonah if he was really swallowed by a whale.”
Teacher, still red with anger: “What if Jonah went to hell?”
Little Girl: “Well, then you can ask him.”
Do you want to go to Heaven?
Father Flannagan was diligently trying to win souls for the kingdom of God. One day he had a fine idea. He would go to the local pub to evangelize the local drunks and bar flies. He walks into the pub and notices one of his flock from the local church he preaches in. “John!” he screams, John! do you want to go to heaven!!!! John answered,” Father Flannagan,, why ,,yes! of course I want to go to heaven.”” Then, get over here behind me now,” says the father. “Patrick!, Father Flannagan screams out again.. “Patrick do you want to go to heaven?” Well father,, yes… yes ,, I do. “Then get over here with us now… so Patrick joined the two men..
Father Flannagan spotted anouther and said,, ” you! do you want to go to heaven? The third man paused. No answer! Flannagan again asked the man,” you sir! Do you want to go to heaven!! The man paused again and then shouted,” no!” the Father was dumbstruck and asked the same quesion,, What do you mean you DON’T WANT TO GO TO HEAVEN?? The young man then stated, ” no,,not today ,, it seems as if you’ve got a group to go today and I don’t want to go today!!!!
Bye for now.
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