Funny thing happened on my walk recently, I met up with a telephone pole that appeared to be growing hair! Actually I thought I had met up with Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy (I'm a bit of a Marvel movie geek), but that was not the case. Enjoying a beautiful sunny day in Pittsburgh, about 52 degrees which is an oddity on February 24th, it was simply wonderful to be breathing in fresh air. Of course, I couldn’t let this photo opt of "Groot" pass because I immediately began thinking about devotionals and how this scene relates to life!
First, the inclusion of power lines. If not for those multiple lines households in our neighborhood would go without electricity. Imagine what chaos would transpire; no lights, no stoves/microwaves, no garage door openings, no television…yikes! How would we exist? Then we have all those tiny branches. Of course, they provide marvelous shade and home sites for Springtime bird families and squirrels, but when the two shall meet (branches and power lines getting on each other’s turf…well, it’s not a good thing). Looks like the township staff needs to inform the power company that a little Springtime cleanup is in order and hopefully we don’t experience any sudden ice storms until the deed is done.
What’s this got to do with devotionals or spiritual lessons? Simple. We need a spiritual power source in our lives that works to limit interruptions from worldly influences. Take for instance those tiny branches (unhealthy influences) growing underneath our noses, or weaving around our spiritual lives. Since they aren't really bothering us, we don't notice their move into our space until they become dangerously invasive. Anything (self-wisdom, materialism) that takes our focus off our true power source (serving and believing in the One True God) will eventually sever important functions (the ability to recognize who Jesus Christ is and what He has done for us). Often we don't realize the process, twig by twig or bit by bit, until the interference has become woven into our lives bringing our power to a halt.
Although twigs are a part of life and often work their way into our orb and become part of our daily life, they mistakenly lead us to believe we are not in need of any power source higher than the one provided by ourselves. Somewhere along the journey of life a standstill will occur; an unexpected the ice storm or horrific winds rage and destroy what was thought to be solid. Maybe it's time to re-evaluate the power source that runs your life.
Don't become complacent and allow Groot to grow on you.
Judith "Cookie" White is the founder of The Sounding Board Ministry. She is the author of two devotional books which are available on this site.