Draw close to God, and He will draw close to you – (James 4:8)
The cornflowers in our front yard give a vibrant displayÂ of purple beauty for a few weeks each summer. Then they turn brownÂ and the petals fall away, leaving the seed head only which looks veryÂ unattractive. I considered cutting them at the base of the stalk, butÂ first I read about this particular flower in my perennial garden book.Â It advised leaving the seed heads because birds enjoy eating theseÂ seeds. I thought, O.K., Iâ€™ll do what the book says– just followÂ directions.
Yesterday I saw a beautiful goldfinch sitting on top ofÂ one of the flower heads, eating the seeds to its heartâ€™s content. ItÂ was such a beautiful sight, and such a wonderful experience for me. IÂ had seen exactly what I read about in the book.
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The same is true when one reads the Bible.Â There areÂ stories, parables, and truths galore. We may store up head knowledgeÂ and may be able to spout off scripture- chapter and verse!
However, itÂ is not until we have that personal encounter — when we reallyÂ experience for ourselves that Jesus is alive and with us now that weÂ become excited about being a Christian.
Then, all the Bible reading weÂ have done really â€œclick,” and we say â€“â€œ Yes, Lord!! This isÂ fantastic!!â€
I am thankful I have had that first hand experience withÂ our Living Lord, and I have received joy beyond measure. I am alsoÂ thankful for our Bible – for its truths are real and available to usÂ each day of our lives.
I am delighted that God reminded me of this truth throughÂ a dried out cornflower and a goldfinch. He touches my life in theÂ most delightful ways!
– – – written by Marion Smith
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