Silent Thieves

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This is a post by my friend, Judy.  She blogs about subjects near and dear to my heart, like compromising or selling out by some of the food we eat and choices we make, here.  So naturally it fit that she write a post for us here at The Esau Project.  I hope you enjoy her thoughts! Don’t forget to go check out her blog!!

 

They are all gone.

We had four blooming, regally rising broccoli plants growing in our garden. I confess that I didn’t know exactly where the official broccoli end would come from, but I was ready for it. I would walk by the plants as often as I could in child-like anticipation. Early on, I began noticing worms gnawing on the leaves. I would pick them off and kill them, but it seemed that the more I squished, the more would return.

A few days ago, I walked by the broccoli stalks and was horrified. Worms covered the plants and they had eaten every leaf. I felt sick. I had watched these plants grow, yet I had watched their slow decent and it was entirely my fault. I hadn’t taken care of what was right in front of me.

In John 10:10, Jesus says that “The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy…” Too often, I think that the Thief of our hearts comes only in one fell swoop, taking all that I hold dear. But after observing my halfway battle with the broccoli worms, I realize that it’s in little ways. I can think of numerous times that I have walked by the broccoli , seen one or two vandals, and walked away because I didn’t feel like dealing with it that day. I tend to respond the same way in my day-to-day life. I keep feelings inside. I will swallow a lie or two, because the truth seems too hard to take. I see an opportunity that I can take with my children, and then remember that I “need” to check my Facebook. It’s lame and extremely dangerous. Moments are stolen everyday because we don’t see them for what they are. . . until it’s too late.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Every moment is the right moment to make a difference, to make a change, to throw out certain beliefs that keep you from your freedom in Christ. In my opinion, it is very rare for things to be “too late.” That is the blessedness and joy of our life in Christ. Yes, there may have been time wasted, but it doesn’t mean that it must stay that way. Things can change, by the love of Christ. By the power of the spirit, we can learn to live in whole new ways. We can discover an amazing love springing from the Father that created us. And, By being open with those in our community, we could find ourselves surrounded with compassionate and understanding people who are traveling on the same pathways.

The only way that things will never change is if you never take a step in a different direction. It is not convenient or easy and it will take time to live in a new way but as Jesus finished His sentence, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”

And, next year, I will be the one eating broccoli.

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