On my kitchen window stool, I have two plants seated amongst my Angry Birds collection and two frames with ‘With God, All Things Are Possible’ written in them. Both plants are of the same species and look quite alike although one is real and the other is artificial. I wonder if you’ll be able to guess which is real . . . take a guess and leave your answer in the comment section – the one you chose before you read on and eventually found out the answer 😃
I got the real plant from a friend who visited some months ago. I didn’t think it would last this long, to be honest, but it’s doing really great sitting on the window stool receiving its much-needed nutrients from the sun and the drink Boo of life gives it every once in a while.
A few days ago, I was looking out the window when suddenly my attention was drawn to the differences between both plants. It was a conversation that kinda went like this:
His Voice: Can you see the difference between them?
Me: Yes. The real plant has its flowers facing the window while the artificial one is turned away from it.
I knew I didn’t turn the real one in that position. It had to have moved all by itself.
His Voice: (as if hearing my thoughts) Yes. It responds to light, that’s how you know it’s real.
Head and Heart Explosion!
The real plant moves. The real plant feeds. The real plant responds to its surroundings. The real plant responds to light. Then I knew what the Lord was trying to point out to me: God is the Light, and only when I’m REALLY His do I respond to Him.
My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.
There were times in my life and my walk with God when I had not heard Him. There were times when the light of the truth in His Word had shone in my heart and I never responded to it. These were the times when I pretended to be close to Him even though I was very far away. My desires were not to please Him but to please myself. I wanted what my will wanted and was willing to do anything to please ME.
There have been times in my life when my response to the light of TRUTH shining towards me was much like the artificial plant in my kitchen. I couldn’t respond because there was no life in me. I was stiffened by my pride and arrogance. Stiffened by my want to satisfy my flesh. Stiffened by sin.
As I write this, I think about King Saul and how, no matter how much he tried, he only kept sinking deeper into disobedience and could not respond to God’s call to repentance. How did he get there? I may not be able to point exactly what he did and at what point he got it wrong, but I can compare the record of his life to that of King David and spot something he did not do:
Investigate my life, O God,
find out everything about me;
Cross-examine and test me,
get a clear picture of what I’m about;
See for yourself whether I’ve done anything wrong—
then guide me on the road to eternal life.
Psalm 139:23-24 (MSG)
This was King David’s confession, and there lies the difference between both kings. There was no record of King Saul’s desire to actually please God. Most of the mistakes he made were as a result of his desires to please himself and others around him, and the more he fed such desires, the deeper he sank and the stiffer he became.
So as I continue to ponder over this message, I pray that, like King David, my heart will always remain soft to God’s touch. That like sunflowers waking up each day only to move along the Sun’s path, my life will always respond to the rays of the Sun of Righteousness. And no matter how many clouds of life try to block His rays, I will always sense them and respond.
So join me and examine yourself today.