A Magnolia Tree
Monday, April 22, 2013
We have the most beautiful Magnolia Trees in our neighborhood this time of year. Sister couldn't resist running through the fallen petals.
One of my favorite author/speaker's is Priscilla Shirer. She is so full of wisdom. And I am currently working through her book, The Resolution for Women. And one of the chapters is about choosing to believe that we are each authentically designed for a unique purpose. And everyone has a different one. She talks about our living out that purpose like a field that is designed to yield a specific crop. The location, seeds, and soil are all chosen accordingly so that the field will produce the most desirable crop. And then God sends whatever weather he feels is appropriate. Come flood or drought, it's all tended by His hands.
Priscilla writes, "It's all been divinely designed to surround you with the conditions that allow your unique gifts and abilities to reach maximum potential. To grow. To yield. To produce."
And she also points out that everyone is designed to produce a different crop. So there's no use trying to grow something that someone else is divinely equipped for. Apple trees are suppose to produce apples. If you're not an apple tree, stop trying to be one so desperately. Your seeds are designed to produce something else, and it's just as important.
This was really life-giving to me this week as I've been contemplating what my unique talents are. And let's face it, I've spent too much time being bummed that I don't have the right soil for the same fruits that some of my other talented friends are producing.
And I've been thinking, maybe I'm not an Apple tree. Maybe I'm a Magnolia Tree. And I'm pretty okay with that.