Rebuilding And Restoring
Talk about withering storms. Poor little fellas, year after year I have put them outside and by the time I bring them in .. . they are literally losing their straw heads. Not only are they loosing heads they are losing straw arms. Every year I put them away and then pull them out again, they have been faithful but they have been through allot. Not only did they need rebuilt, but this is the first year I had to include a makeover for each one. They were just plain faded and needed hair transplants.
If you haven't guessed yet, They are the scarecrows I put out in my gardens every year. I guess I could of bought new ones.. but no, thrifty I must be. So I pulled out the glue gun, the wire, extra raffia , the paint, the buttons and orange sparkles and started rebuilding. I was able to get two done so far.
I gave them special care though they will never be perfect, two of them are standing outside, with sparkly cheeks. Ready for all kinds of weather and ready to do their job scaring off crows. All the while making the season a brighter place.
I decided to use these straw trimmed scarecrows to talk about the storms we go through in life. The times that our faith is tried and our joy lost.
The storms of life, like our problems, or hardship. Sometimes they can leave us feeling broken and in some cases not just feeling broken, but literally broken mentally and spiritually. It seems when a person goes through his hardest blows in life, is when friends tend to forsake, thinking, " You're not as strong as I thought you were." Then one day, sad to say, their storms blow and they find out they weren't that strong either, none of us have arrived spiritually. We are always learning about God and about ourselves through both good and bad.
I think of John the Baptist, after a lifelong faithfulness, finding himself in a prison questioning if Jesus was who He said He was. He was questioning his whole life's work. Before his beheading, Christ sent messengers to assure him He was the Christ.
John was martyred for the cause of Christ. Know for sure, John met God on that day and was given a crown. He was instantly whole and joyful in the presence of God in heavens bright land. The bible describes John the Baptist as the greatest man who was born of women.
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: (KJV)
Now our hardships may not be the kind that John had to go through, because life brings different people, through different problems. Life always has difficulties that we must wither and we have choices through those difficulties. The biggest way to overcome is believe God and trust in His grace. Let him rebuild our broken hearts as we trust him through our storm.
God uses people in different places in life. He has made us especially for the place He wants us to be.
The place that God wants us to be , is the place where we can shine the brightest. Some problems we face are simply because we are out of God's will. God sometimes will direct us back to where we need to be by presenting us with difficulties. (chastisement) The bible teaches us that life WILL have problems ... Job 5:7 Yet man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
Some problems are not because of chastisement but have a purpose far greater than we may ever know. All the biblical prophets went through problems that God has used to teach us some of life's greatest spiritual lessons. The examples are too many to mention them all. Job comes to mind as one of the greatest examples of undeserved suffering. If you read to the end you'll find God restores and rebuilds Job's life.
Sometimes our problems are designed to get us ready for what God has for us next. God will sometimes strengthen us for a greater responsibility. The problems are there in order to change us for a greater purpose.
The most important thing to remember through life's storms is to remember Jesus calms the storms, he rebuilds, he restores. Praising him and trusting him as Paul and Silas did in the prison house. God was so moved by the praise that He broke down the prison walls.
And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
The bible is full of problems overcome by Christians who remained faithful and joyful in the things of the Lord. No matter what if we are His children heaven awaits us and everlasting joy is our inheritance.
Father, help us to trust you and stay faithful through life's difficulties. Put a song in our hearts and praise upon our lip. Let your presence shine through our lives even through life's tears and sorrows.
Use our lives' to touch others in a way that will make a true difference for righteousness sake and the cause of Christ.. I pray this in the name of Christ Jesus, Amen
I still have several scarecrows to rebuild and I'm planning where to place each one. Hopefully,
these guys will remind us that life gives us problems, but we have a God who is molding our hearts and lives as we love and trust him. He has a purpose that we may never know until we set by his side in heavenly places.
Susan Y Nikitenko
Object lesson: Scarecrows
Rebuilding The Broken
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
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