By Alison Hardy, Jubilee Church Wirral
This time last year I looked out of my Kitchen window and saw these two trees. I felt God spoke to me as I looked at them, but I didn’t have the courage to share – I thought "that’s a bit obvious, no one will be interested in my rambles."
I thought maybe that what God said to me was just for me. But this morning I saw these two trees again and was reminded of what God had said to me last year.
This afternoon I was asked about writing a blog (those of you who know me, will know I hate writing) but I thought maybe I should write about what I feel God shared with me through these two trees. (Don’t look at my messy garden!!)
The gardeners amongst you may recognise that the one on the left is a Weigela and the one on the right is a Camellia.
The one on the left looks dead, lifeless and a bit ugly. The one on the right is green and full of buds and ready to flower. Very soon it will be filled with beautiful pink flowers, the one on the left will still look dead for a while longer yet, but eventually the lovely, variegated leaves and small pale pink flowers will return.
How often do we look at others and compare ourselves to them?
We can do this in a variety of ways, comparing the way we look, the kind of job we have or don’t have, our families, our children, our house, our car, but we can also compare ourselves spiritually to others.
I’m not a worship leader, I’m not a life group leader, I’m not an elder, I’m not a great Bible scholar, I’m not great at Evangelising, I can’t speak in tongues – I could go on !!!
We can look at the person next to us and think I’m not as "good a Christian".
When I looked at these trees this morning God reminded me that we are all different, we have different gifts, different talents, we will "grow" and bear fruit at different times and in different ways.
Romans 12:4-8 reminds us that the body of Christ is made up of many parts, each having different gifts but that we are united in Christ and work together for His glory and 1 Corinthians 12 4-28 reminds us that all parts of the body are needed and Galatians 6:4-5 in The Message version says "Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don’t be impressed with yourself. Don’t compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.”
Alison Hardy, Jubilee Church Wirral, with her husband Andrew