"A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books." -Walt Whitman
Consider for a moment, a tulip bulb. Withered and brown, it holds deeply inside
it a potential and beautiful new life. Miraculously, the seemingly unattractive
roundish bulb can hold safely in its core a prized flower of pink, yellow, red
or white, yet to look upon the odd-looking object in the palm of one's hand,
who would know that within such a proverbial "ugly ducking" could exist such a
brilliant "swan!" Unlike the swan though, the bulb, if not properly nurtured
with water, earth, and sunlight, will never begin the metamorphosis it is
capable of! Instead, the bulb will just sit in a box or corner of someone's
basement awaiting someone to come and plant it.
So too, does our Heavenly Father have a gift for us just waiting to be opened
and brought forth to life! It is the gift of salvation! Unfortunately, like
the untouched tulip bulb that sits on a ledge gathering dust, so too, do many
people never come to know and experience the beautiful blooming forth of the
spirit of God in their life! As the bulb needs sunlight and water to spring it
to full existence, our spirit requires the nourishment of the truth of God and
His word to permeate the hard, outer shell of sin that encases our hearts.
By inviting Christ in to our life, we can be transformed from a spiritual bulb
to a blooming sprout! The continual watering and nurturing of spirit will thus
provide a lovely and colorful flower that reaches ever upward toward the
radiant light of Christ, and its fragrance is indeed sweet!
[ Melanie Schurr, © 1998 (http://www.angelfire.com/mi/melschurr) -- from 'Daily Wisdom' ]
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