This has been an amazing week! I have loved the crafty/artistic challenges that Steph has given us, the way she has drawn us to His word and helped us to apply it in our own lives. But even more, I have loved seeing the ways YOU have responded to the challenges. You are some pretty creative gals out there. (Thank you Heather for being the blog guru that allowed us to share with each other on Wednesday.) It was so neat seeing the way God shows himself to each of us differently and yet it is all the same message. I want to share my photo for the Psalm 147:3 challenge:
The name of this flower is “Bleeding Heart” and it has been one of my favorites for some time. If you look at it and kind of squint your eyes a little it looks like clusters of little hearts with drops falling from them, which is probably why it is named what it is. I have several of these planted along the side of my house and they bloom every spring. Let me tell you a little something about them.
Bleeding Hearts are one of the first plants to come up in the spring. When the world seems to be gray, dead and dormant a little spot of green pushes up through the hard ground and begins to grow, small at first but grow to become 3 feet tall. The plant prefers to be grown in soil rich in compost (decayed vegetable matter) and in shaded areas. They bloom in spring and then the entire plant dies back, making room for summer plants.
Why the horticulture lesson? For me, bleeding hearts are an especially good symbol of God’s love and healing. When things seem their darkest He sends a little bit of color, a little light into the world. For me this is a two-fold reminder. First it reminds me that when so many in the world had turned from Him, He sent THE Light, Jesus, as a little baby who eventually grew to become a bleeding heart by showing love to all through His death. Second it reminds me that even when things seem cold, gray and lifeless God can make a way.
They remind me that even when all else fails (thinking of the compost) God can use those failings to create something beautiful and perfect and lovely. And the fact that the Bleeding Heart is seasonal reminds me that whatever I am going through is just for a season, it won’t last forever. I also remember, as I see the little hearts all clustered together along the stem, that God comforts through others as well, I can’t just pull back from my brothers and sisters in Christ and lick my wounds. One flower is pretty, but when you put them all together we truly see the beauty. One testimony of God’s healing and comfort is a wonderful testimony, but when we share it with others God really gets the glory.
I hope you have seen how God can allow us to come to a point in which things look dark and dreary so that we will turn to Him and allow Him to bring beauty and color into our lives. He is waiting for the invite, because He truly can heal the brokenhearted in a way that no one else will ever be able to. And I hope that every time you see a Bleeding Heart you are reminded of Jehovah Rapha – the LORD who Heals.
Are you currently at a place in your life in which you are brokenhearted? Do you have wounds that need binding? Members of the Online Bible Study team would love to pray with you, please share with us in the comments section. Has He recently blessed you with healing, whether it be health, a situation, a relationship, etc.? Please share your testimony so that we can glorify Him with you.