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Saturday, June 27, 2009


The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing." Zephaniah 3:17

The gladiolus plants stood tall and proud in my neighbors’ garden just waiting to burst forth into bloom with their beautiful pink, purple, red, white and orange flowers. But my neighbor decided she was tired of her gladiolus garden so she uprooted them - flowers, stems, bulbs and all.

Tossed into a pile, they were destined to be thrown away.

As any good neighbor would do, I walked over to see what was going on and arrived just in the nick of time. I gathered an armful of the long, green stems with the bulbs still attached and rescued those plants.

Preparing a new home for those orphaned gladiolus plants; I dug little round holes into the rich soil of my flower garden and dropped the bulbs in. As I worked transplanting those brown, onion-looking bulbs, I suddenly realized they were actually, well...ugly. Had I not known the potential inside those bulbs, I certainly wouldn't have put forth the effort to transplant them. But I knew inside the bulb, which at this time appeared to be all dried-up, lived everything needed to once again grow strong, tall stems and produce beautiful flowers. The bulbs just needed someone who cared to replant them in just the right soil.

Sometimes we, too, may be uprooted. Major moves, divorce and loss of loved ones can all leave us feeling uprooted in life. We may feel that we’ve been tossed into a pile and thrown away by those we love and maybe, even by God. We may even feel that our heart has withered down to just an ugly, brown bulb.

But just like that gladiolus bulb, inside we still have everything we need to grow back strong and tall. We just need someone who cares. That Someone is the Lord our God. When we cry out to the Lord, He hears our prayers and sees our tears and will heal our broken hearts.

Just as the flowers from those transplanted gladiolus plants bring beauty and joy to others, the Lord can use us to do the same. Because we’ve been there and survived being “uprooted,” we can reach out and minister to others. And with our mended hearts planted in His love, we’ll survive any uprooting life may bring our way.
  • Have you ever been uprooted in life?
  • Have you ever felt like you were thrown away by those you love?
  • Have you ever felt abandoned by God?
Even when we’re uprooted in life, the Lord our God is always with us. He will quiet us with his love when we cry out to him.
Father, thank you that we are eternally secure in You and that You will never let us go.

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Blogger Collette@Jesuslovesmums said...

Loved reading your devotion this morning! I think most of us have had these kind of experiences in life and even though we may not feel God's presence we can have faith that he is with and is indeed "mighty to save".

Collette x

June 27, 2009 at 12:48 AM  
Blogger Denise said...

Such a wonderful devotion.

June 27, 2009 at 4:19 AM  
Blogger Wendy said...

Thanks for sharing this. Knowing nothing happens in my life without Him all ready knowing about it is so comforting especially when it consists of being uprooted from what I am comfortable with.

June 27, 2009 at 10:55 PM  
Blogger Sharon said...

Your post is such a blessing to me today and I just wanted to thank you!

June 28, 2009 at 12:29 AM  
Blogger Faith Imagined said...

This was a wonderful read! Thank you!!!

June 28, 2009 at 10:39 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

Susan, Yes to all of the above... I have felt many things during the "uprooting" seasons... But God has relentlessly pursued me to reveal His heart... Loved this post! Thanks!

June 28, 2009 at 11:23 PM  

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