BY: BRITNEY PALMA
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BIBLE TEXT: “You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” –Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT)
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Have you ever wondered how we, as Christians, stand out in this world? Looking from a distance can lead to an overwhelming feeling followed by despair. Look closer. Focus on the things that are often overlooked.
On a recent trip to visit family in Mexico City, I noticed something for the first time — flowers mixed in with littered streets and cracked walls consumed with graffiti. They were beautiful flowers full of color and reaching toward the sun without being restrained by their surrounding environment. I began to pay more attention and found flowers of different kinds woven in with the metal and concrete, all thriving and growing toward the sun. How can these gorgeous plants grow in such an area? The sight of these seemingly simple flowers brought a smile to my face and reassurance to a heart that had many questions.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Only God can provide the soil, nutrients, the sunlight, and the rain to sustain such a delicate creation in a lacking area. The flower depends on God to provide. It reaches up towards Him for the nourishment it needs. Though the flower stands alone, it’s beauty brings life to its surrounding area. The flower inspires change and could potentially drop seeds in the soil where others cannot reach. What is impossible for God? It is when we accept doubt as truth that our leaves and blossoms begin to wither away. When we accept God’s will in faith, even though we might not understand, the flower grows in abundance.
We are the flowers depending on the Lord to provide in a world filled with littered streets and cracked walls. The Lord plants us in places where we feel like we shouldn’t be or want to be at times. Fear deprives us from what God has in store for us, and sometimes we have to face the ugly to see the beauty. It is the life of Christ that shines in us and through us that grabs the attention of the passerby. The beauty of one lonely flower in the middle of a crowded city means more than a garden filled with multitudes sometimes.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for reminding me that no matter where I am, you are there also. In the times of my life where I feel like the barbed wires and bricks try to stop me from growing, you always provide the nutrient-filled soil, the rain, and the sun. You carve a space out for me so I can stretch my arms up towards you. And even though I don’t understand why you have me in this area, I know that you have a plan and a purpose. Help me to hang on. Help me to keep reaching towards you. Lord, help me to shine your beauty to those who are looking for a light in the the dark. I pray for protection over my mind that all thoughts that are not from you will not stand but that your will and way will prevail for your glory. With a sincere heart I thank you, for You alone provide.
In the Powerful name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m Britney and my husband’s name is Andres. We have three kids: Donavan, Chloe, and Serenity. I really like to cook, work in the yard, fish, and watch movies. I enjoy going to the Chinese buffet and eating real Mexican food. I love music and sing as loud as I can when I am driving. My poor kids! Two of my absolute favorite things to do include drinking coffee on the front porch at 5:00 in the morning and hanging out with family and friends and just enjoy the time being spent with them.