Hidden Gems

In March of this year, we purchased a small house on fifteen acres of land. Some of it is cleared but most of it is wooded. We really enjoy living here. We are discovering that this property has many hidden gems.

Every season the land seems to produce a different berry or fruit. Most of it grows wild on the property. So far we have discovered blackberries, dewberries, beauty berries, and now muscadine. We also have deer. We didn’t know we had any of these things on the land when we purchased it but we love the surprises.

As I was on my morning walk around the property today, I was thanking the Lord for all of the food that He has provided for us here. Then He reminded me of a scripture in John. John 4:32 But He said to them, “I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” Then I thought, “Yes, that’s exactly what I was thinking. There is food on this property to eat that I never knew about.” Then I remembered verse 34 in which Jesus went on to say, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me and to finish His work.” Now that’s a whole different way of looking at food!

I began to ponder that scripture and ask myself, “Is my food to do the will of God and to finish His work?” Then I thought about the purpose of physical food. Food sustains growth, it provides energy and it nourishes. It is vital in order for our bodies to survive on this earth. It also satisfies our hunger. Does doing the will of God and finishing His work sustain my spiritual growth? Does it energize and nourish my spirit? Is it a vital necessity for me? Do I hunger for it? These are a lot of important questions for me to think about.

There are plenty of times that I forget that I’m here on this earth to do the will of God and His work. In other words, I forget my purpose. What happens when I forget my purpose? I can get greedy, offended, selfish, controlling, deceptive, manipulative and just plain mean. The list could go on. I have to remind myself regularly that I’m not here for my own personal gain. I’m here for the gain of the kingdom of God. This life and this body are temporary but the things of God are eternal. When I’m doing the will of God and finishing His work I’m making an eternal impact that will last forever. 2 Corinthians 4:18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. Hidden gems!

How about you? Could you say that your food is to do the will of God and to finish the work He’s given you? Or is your food to do your own will and to finish your own work? Remember what Jesus said in Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your  heart will be also.”

~Patrice Maguire



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