We are often reminded that our time is precious and we must spend it wisely. This is very true, but we don’t often look at the flip side of the coin. We often think only of our own time, but very carelessly toss away the precious time that others have taken to spend time with us or do something for us. My sweet baby had her precious time very carelessly tossed aside and trampled yesterday and it really hurts, a lot.
As I think about it this morning, He has opened my eyes to an even greater sorrow. He has gently reminded me that I have done this to His other sweet children many times… oh please forgive me my sweet Lord. He has also opened my eyes to an even greater joy. He has reminded me that He treasures all of our jewels, especially the ones that the world casts aside. Glory to You my sweet Lord! Thank You, thank You, thank You…
My sweet Lord, please forgive me and help me to treasure the precious jewels of time that others give to me so that I won’t be the cause of this pain to You again, and an INFINITE THANK YOU for treasuring and carefully gathering all of our jewels, especially the ones that the world casts aside and tramples.
Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.
Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.
And I will give you treasures hidden in the darkness — secret riches. I will do this so you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, the one who calls you by name.
If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall serve as my mouth.
– Jeremiah 15:19
My Lord as the school year begins and we reunite with friends, catching up, sharing, talking, talking talking – please let only Your precious words escape my lips and let my lips fall silent for all else.
Last weekend I headed out to an overgrown portion of our yard with a saw in hand and planned to trim a few low hanging branches and cut down a few weeds that were becoming full grown trees. As I started pushing branches out of the way and worked my way back to the fence I came across some dead branches/vines covered in 1-1.5 inch thorns. I quickly recruited my sweet husband to spend the next 30 min braving the thorns while digging out this plant. Unfortunately we did suffer a few pricks during the process and they really hurt!
The thorns and the pricks made me think of Jesus. It reminded me of His crown of thorns and I tried to imagine these thorns pressing into my head… I couldn’t.
Thinking of this made me wonder why we have elevate the rose to such a high symbol of love when it too is covered in these merciless thorns which pressed into the vulnerable and precious head of our Savior and Lord.
Could it be that the young men of the past longed to present their dear ones with not only a beautiful, soft, sweet smelling flower, but also a flower that required them to brave the thorns before it could be obtained in order to deepen the love they were showing their sweetheart through the gift of the rose?
The soldiers could have mocked Jesus with a crown of twigs, but God placed a bush with thorns nearby to allow Jesus to show us yet another level, an even deeper level of His piercing love for us through His crown of thorns.
Jesus thank You for Your deep love that I don’t understand and cannot fathom. You call to me, You wake me from my sleep and You long to be with me regardless of my disregard. Please inspire me to long for You as You long for me, my Love.