Monday, 18 November 2019

M Michele's Musings

Vincas ~ They always lean toward the sun...

...Let us always lean toward the SON
 

 

photo by: Melonie Brister

I was reading in the Old Testament the other day about Solomon dedicating the Temple he had just completed and he prayed that God would incline the hearts of the people to Himself (1 Kings 8:58).  In prayer that night I prayed that God would incline our hearts to him and that we would be his vessels to walk in His ways.  As I prayed the Vinca flower, a beautiful little flower, came to mind.  Vinca is from the Latin word vincire which means "to bind, to fetter," it has medicinal value and it is the flower commonly known as a Periwinkle.  The Vinca flourishes and blooms all summer long and sometimes will even live through a mild winter.  They come back every spring because of the seeds they drop.  They grow tall, usually with one flower maybe two per a plant stem and they always lean toward the sun.  For the most part they drop their seeds in front of them (because they are always leaning and inclined toward the sun) and then the next year the flowers will come up in a line in front of where they grew the year before.  They will eventually push past the boundaries of your garden into the yard and will come up there faithfully if not mowed down. 

As I thought about this scripture about Solomon coupled with facts about the Vinca flower, the Lord showed me some truths.  As the Vinca always leans toward the sun, we should always lean toward the Son, Jesus Christ.  As Solomon prayed, "incline our hearts that we may walk in your ways," we should incline our hearts toward Him so that He will help us to walk in His ways.  Oftentimes there is only an individual flower found on each stem of a Vinca flower.  This reveals to me a truth that we too, are all individual's, each with our own unique gifts and callings (seeds).   As we lean toward the Lord and follow Him we should let these unique gifts and callings, "seeds" be "dropped" in the hearts of those that we come in contact with.  Often we are God's "Plan A" in the lives of those we come in contact with and God desires to use us to drop those "seeds" into their lives.  As the Vinca has medicinal value, we too have the ability through Christ to bring the healing Word of God into the lives of others.  The meaning of the word Vinca is “to bind, to fetter” and it is a reminder that God has bound and tied us to Himself through His covenant of promise.  He loves us and He will NEVER leave us or forsake us. 

As the Vinca begins to leave its present position and begins to push past the limits and the boundaries set, we too should leave our past behind.  We can look at this in many different ways and a scripture that comes to mind is Philippians 3:13b ”but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.”  We must remember that we have been washed and cleansed by the Blood of Jesus.  Yes, we are gloriously forgiven in Christ and His abounding mercy has been extended to us.  We cannot change anything that has gone before, what is behind is behind but we can push toward the future with hope because God is with us and loves us and He can take those things in and of our life that may have not been good and turn them for good as Romans 8:28-29 reminds us. 

Another way we can look at the truth of the Vinca pushing past the boundaries that have been set before them is that as Vincas are ever growing, ever pushing and ever reaching forward, we too should always be growing, pushing and reaching forward in our walk with Christ.  Walking out our salvation with fear and trembling and letting His work in us change us from “Glory to Glory.”   Vinca’s are usually found in pots or in gardens that have boundaries (that line between garden and yard).  In our lives we sometimes have boundaries, walls or fears that we are afraid to push past.  However, God desires to set us free, and make us whole and to bring us into new places where there is freedom from those things that have held us from God's full expression in our lives.    

Sometimes God wants to bring us into new places of experience with him, places we have never been before. Isaiah 54:2-3 says “Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thine habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes; For thou shalt break forth on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be inhabited.”  As I write this, I can almost hear that saying from the Star Trek: “Boldly going where no man has gone before.”  We can go anywhere God leads us.   We can do anything He leads us to.  If he calls us to do something then He has equipped us to do that very thing.  It comes back to the gifts and callings inside of us.  He alone knows what is inside of us.  It may be lying dormant just waiting to be tapped in order that God can use us in an area.  If you knew my story and where I came from, you would see this in my life.  I am a living example of pushing past fears and dormant gifts that laid untapped for years before I knew Christ; as I inclined my heart to Him, He lovingly helped me push past fears and began to tap through to the gifts to bring them forward.  My "tent and borders" have been enlarged to places I NEVER dreamed I would ever attain.  If you read the story of Joseph, you can see this process being worked out in his life.  Joseph's heart was inclined toward the Lord and though he went through extremely hard and unfair circumstances, he was faithful to God.  Joseph trusted God and God was faithful to him.  Every place and everything Joseph went to and through, God was just preparing him for the next stage because God was working in him and bringing him to the place where he would save nations.  Joseph, a type and shadow of Christ, said to his brothers in Genesis 50:20 "You meant this for evil but God meant it for good that many be brought out alive."  God will always work things for our good and the good of others if we will just let Him do the work in us and through us.  You may never save a nation as Joseph did, but God wants to use you in your own circle of influence.  He wants to make you a light for His kingdom so that “many be brought out alive.” 

In closing my exhortation to you is to be like a Vinca…  Incline your hearts toward the Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, lean continually upon Him, push past the borders, let go of the past and push past the fears, ever mindful that He has bound you in covenant to Himself.  Let those "seeds" of love, joy, peace, patience, goodness, gentleness, kindness, self-control, faithfulness "drop" all around you into the lives of those you come in contact with...  Be that light God has called you to be in a dark and dying world.     

Love in Christ, Michele

(c) July 2013 ~  Michele LeDoux Abshire

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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