Friday, November 22, 2013

Christ is Our Support

Let your love be without hypocrisy. Abhor what is wicked, cling to what is good. Romans 12:9 (NWT)

One learns so much from having a garden. I have planted all kinds of vegetables. Some need supports so they won't be trampled on. Cucumbers grow best on a wire trellis, as do the early spring peas and Christmas lima beans. All of these have curly tendrils that twist themselves around the wire to suppost the heavy vines. Without the support the vines would cling to the weeds and grass, even winding around themselves, choking their growth.

Are we not like the vines, needing support from a higher power so that we are not tangled up with the demoralizing traps of this world? Jesus always reaches to support us when sin tries to drag us down into the weeds of degradation.

Wire cages surround my tomatoes, peppers and rhubarb to protect them from deer that come and nibble off anything they can reach. Sometimes a few vigorous tomato stems stick out and I find the leaves and blossoms snipped off, leaving the bare stem.

We need Jesus' protection, much like the wire cage, so we do not fall prey to evil surrounding us. If we sometimes put ourselves unprotected into situations that will harm us, then we get "clipped" by the evil one. We may not know how to get back to the protection of our Savior, Jesus. If we stay in the protective arms of our Savior, He will make us grow and be fruitful.

Father, may I always cling to Jesus and remember that He is the support for my soul. Amen

(c) 2013 E. Bonnie Ryan

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