In order to burst forth, we must first be planted!
I am not an expert gardener. I do not even have a “green thumb!” But, I do know that when planting is taking place, the seed or bulb must be planted firmly into the soil. The soil must be rich in nutrients in order for it to grow. And most importantly, the soil must cover the seed or bulb until none of it can be seen.
This truth of planting a seed or bulb and covering it, is a spiritual truth as well.
In order for my life to be firmly planted with my Savior, I must be completely covered by Him! Friends, this is not a “half way in/half way out” relationship. It is not a relationship that says, “if it feels right today I’m in, but if something comes up tomorrow that feels better, I’m out.” My relationship with God must be “All In”, no matter what comes my way. If this is not the case, I will not be protected by Him when the storms of life blow on me.
The Bible puts it this way…
“But you, Oh Lord, are a shield (AKA Covering), around me; You are my glory, the one who holds my head high.” Psalm 3:3
If we desire to be firmly planted, and allow our lives to bear “fruit”, then we must be protected, covered and shielded until we are mature enough to Burst open with all of God’s goodness!
God’s Covering Is My Shield And Protection!
God provides me with His love, protection and covering! He promises that He will never leave me or forsake me. But it is up to me to remain covered. I must take the healthy steps of growth and stay covered by my God. Only under the divine covering of God will I remain safe and protected so that I can grow.
Moldova is a country in Eastern Europe. It is the poorest country in that nation. The sad truth is that the country of Moldova has the richest soil in all of that area! The tragedy is that the people of Moldova do not utilize the rich soil that is directly below their feet. If they were to plant and cultivate fruits and vegetables in that rich soil, they could become rich. But left uncultivated and unused the soil produces nothing, and the country remains destitute!
Friends, may this not be us! You and I live in a country rich with Christian influence and opportunities. Let us not neglect to cover ourselves in these rich opportunities. If we remain covered in God’s Word, Worship and Praise we will remain covered and protected. And God’s great work will begin to take root in us!
The beautiful aspect of growth is that when we are putting the right things in, growth takes place! It is a natural outcome!
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