Notice: Due to a change in my newspaper deadline, the Inspiration for each week will go out no later than 3 p.m on Friday of each week. Thanks for your patience. Rebecca

 

My Three Children 

Our children have been gone for over twenty years, but I still haven’t lost that need to mother. Sometimes it’s been grandkids, sometimes pets. Lately it’s been three houseplants. Let me explain. 

When cold weather arrives I bring my three beautiful hanging baskets inside to spend the winter. I call them my three children because I regularly talk to them, pamper them, feed them, and sometimes scold them. I also named them. 

Lucy is the most luscious of the three because I carried her up to my office and placed her on the table close by the window where there’s plenty of warm sunshine for her to enjoy. And she gets regular drinks. 

Ivy, the second one, hangs by two windows in the laundry room, and grows so fast I have to prune her often to keep her tendrils from dragging the floor. 

The third one–I call her Patty the pitiful–used to thrive, but after setting on a small desk much lower than the window for a while, her leaves all turned brown and began to fall off. So I had to prune her stems down to about four inches high. Poor Patty. All she could manage for awhile was a few bare green stems, but they stretched as far as they could toward the light, until she finally put on a few small green leaves. Sometimes I’ve even scolded her when I brought her food and water. I’ll find a new place of Patty.

So what’s the difference between Patty and her two sisters? Lucy and Ivy hang so close to the sunny warmth coming through the windows that they thrive, because the more light the more nourishment. 

Beloved, isn’t that what happens to God’s children? The closer we get to the Light (Jesus and His Word) the easier it is to grow into a thing of beauty. 

So if you know someone who isn’t spiritually healthy, instead of scolding them, reach out, take them by the hand and lead them to the Light. 

(Ecclesiastes 11:7 NKJV)  Truly the Light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the Son. (Cap changes mine) 

(Ephesians 5:8 NKJV)    For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord, Walk as children of the light.  

–Rebecca Somoskey