I realized something today about humanity…..and by extension, myself.
I am mud. We are all dirt. (it’s an analogy, work with me here, okay?)
God gives rain. (“bad times” negative experiences etc…)
God brings sunshine. (good times, successes, mountain top experiences)
Seeds are planted in our lives by encounters with others and by reading God’s Word and hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit.
But those seeds need rain and sunshine to enable them to flourish.
If not for the rain, nothing would grow.
That growth has to happen for anything good to come of us.
We are the dirt.
We are not the plant. God planted the plant in us, the dirt men and mud women.
Nothing we do, nothing we are, is any good without God. This gets really simple to understand when we fully realize our dirt-ness.
Have you ever managed to make anything nutritious or yummy out of dirt?
Nope, I didn’t think so.
You can make good things GROW in dirt, but the dirt itself is not yummy.
Not. One. Thing that I do has any value apart from God.
Romans 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Genesis 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
There is nothing I as a dirt-woman can accomplish that has any value. But the plants, the seeds, the rains, the sunshine, the growth….these CAN Bless others and be used for God’s glory.