For the month of October, I am joining many bloggers in a challenge to write every single day for 31 days. I learned about this challenge through another challenge I participate in most weeks. The “Five Minute Friday” challenge is going to expand to last the whole month! Each entry, will be five minutes unedited of writing on a particular theme – found on Kate’s blog.Today’s theme is “green.”
The prompts involving colors, can be challenging. What do I write about? Green? What is there about that color? What does Scripture say about the color green?
- He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters (Ps. 23:3, NASB).
- The LORD called your name, “A green olive tree, beautiful in fruit and form”; With the noise of a great tumult He has kindled fire on it, And its branches are worthless (Jer. 11:16).
- But as for me, I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the lovingkindness of God forever and ever (Ps. 52:8).
We now have enough “fuel” to begin our discussion or train of thought. We know what God says about the color green. It represents fruitfulness. This is where God wants to take us. God wants to take us to a place of shear fruitfulness. But in order to do that, we need to follow Him. We need to forsake our own ways, and let God lead.
How are you allowing God to lead in your lives? In Psalm 52:8, we are reminded that His loving-kindness is what waters our spirits.
Following God’s Lead
In order for God to “make me lie down in green pastures,” I have to allow Him to lead me through things that are far from green. They might even be considered black or brown. We have to be led by our Savior’s nail-pierced-hands, through the wilderness. This is why we can fear no evil in the valley. We know our Savior.
What keeps you from His version of green for your lives? Often, it is trust. We let trusting other things, triumph our trust in God and our Savior Jesus Christ. We let troubles determine if God has us on a path of spiritual prosperity and eternal blessings. We need to trust God to lead – His way. We can’t zoom in on how we think our lives should go. We need to trust God to fully lead and take Him at His work “to work all things together for our good (my paraphrase)” when we devote our lives to Him.
Which Version of Green?
This world’s version of good and plentiful is not His. We need to trade us what we consider good, and determine to aim for God’s best in our lives. Daily, aiming for His best. Hourly, aiming for His promises. It all begins with trust. Trusting God. When we trust God and rearrange our view of what a green land of plentiful should like. “Green is always greener…” when we surrender our will to His.
We miss much when we focus on making our lives greener – the world’s way. The human way. The fleshly way. The otherly-influenced way. Let God’s way to be best. Let’s make God’s green become our desire. To get to the green pasture, we have to finally surrender and allow God to lead. It all begins with trust.