Friday, May 28, 2010

Purple Petunias


      Our Bible study group has been doing “Women of the Bible” by Jean E. Syswerda. Last week we looked at Jael. She was the feisty lady who drove a tent peg through the skull of an enemy of Israel bringing about forty years of peace. Even with this seemingly brutal act, the Lord never looked upon her other than a lady. His lady!

      As you can imagine, the discussion times can be very interesting. One of the questions was, “What impossible things has He accomplished in your life?” There was a particularly unique answer.

       Karon said she had always loved and wanted to grow Purple Petunias in her yard. She planted and replanted only to have them wither and die away. Karon prayed, “Lord, I just want one purple petunia to grow in my yard.” As winter approached, Karon noticed a green plant growing at the end of her driveway. It flourished all winter and in the spring bloomed; you guessed it, purple petunias! She did not realize that these plants do not live in the winter months!

      It is a beautiful story of our Father’s love for a daughter. The smallest desires of our hearts are monumental to Him. Just like God, in the winters of our lives, often without our realizing it, He is growing us to be a witness to His love and mercy. Should we be surprised that Petunias are also called Morning Glory?

      Be reminded guys and gals! God loves His ladies!

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. II Corinthians 1: 3-4