Wednesday, November 16, 2011
Pounded for a Purpose
What do you need to let go of in your life in order to get to the next stage of your life?
Surrender. It implies giving up, or letting go. Often, we don't want to do it. But surrender is voluntary; we choose it.
We need to know that sometimes our lives take many forms in order to accomplish God's purposes. We let go of one thing in order for another to happen--but often we don't realize that it's for a good purpose!
For instance, in order for you to eat a piece of hot, fresh bread from the oven a lot of surrender had to take place. A seed in the soil turns to golden wheat sheaves. The wheat is harvested, surrender to the cutting. Then it is crushed to make flour, and flour is used to make the dough. Making bread by hand means the dough is pounded, kneaded, but pounded for a purpose. How many times in your life have you felt that way?
Then the dough surrenders to the heat of the oven. And finally, it's ready. You smell the delectable aroma of freshly-baked bread.
The good purpose is revealed: yummy bread or something else. What are the seeds in your life that need to be surrendered to the soil of faith?
What is God growing, creating in your life?
Pray, surrender, wait and see. And pass me a slice of bread.
I am Wheat
I am wheat,
tall, willowy, golden brown stalks
swaying gently in the breeze,
basking in the amber glow of twilight.
because a seed first died --
a small, hard piece of potential
buried in the soil of opportunity
through summer storms and sunshine,
delighting the prairie.
From kernels gathered and crushed,
flour becomes dough,
kneaded with skillful hands,
pounded for a purpose.
and wait to rise and bake,
for timing is essential.
I am a crusty loaf,
carrying the delightful aroma
of fresh baked bread to the world
for the One who said, “I am the bread of life.”
-- Jackie M. Johnson
Jackie M. Johnson is an author and freelance writer in Colorado. Her hope-filled and encouraging books include "Power Prayers for Women," "When Love Ends and the Ice Cream Carton Is Empty" and "Powerful Prayers for Challenging Times." Jackie also writes the Living Single blog on Dr. James Dobson's Family Talk website.