The Lonely Twig

Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (NASB)

Spring had finally arrived! The buds on the trees and bushes were slowly starting to unfurl, clothing their surroundings with varying shades of luscious, bright greens. This is the time of year that I like going for walks.

My friend and I try to walk every morning. Our goal, at the beginning, was to walk to the creek and back — one-half hour there and one-half hour back again to our individual homes. We finally reached our goal! Once at the creek, there is a picnic table that we sit on and rest before we head back home. Sometimes we just listen to the many different sounds the water makes as it rushes over the different shapes and sizes of rocks that are in the water. Sometimes we walk and share and try to solve the world's problems.

As we were sitting on the bench by the creek, my friend noticed a tiny twig standing upright behind a rock in the water. The water, rushing against the tiny twig and rock, created a small waterfall that looked like a living, cascading mushroom. We sat and watched in silence, listening to the orchestra of the water rippling over the various rocks in the creek. After some time had passed, we decided to leave our sanctuary and walk home.

The next morning, we walked again to our favourite spot, the creek. While sitting on the bench, I noticed that the twig that had been standing upright behind the rock was gone — and so was the tiny waterfall. As I reflected on this, I thought about how each one of us is like that one little twig.

That little twig amongst the pebbles, rocks, tree stumps, and water was needed to create something beautiful — a waterfall. Without that little twig, the waterfall ceased to be. Just as we are created for God's wonderful purpose, each one of us is needed to play an important part in God's wonderful world. No matter how insignificant we may think our lives are, let's remember that little twig and the beauty that it helped to create!

Romans 8:28 – And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (NASB)

Prayer: Lord of all creation, You created each and every one of us in Your image. You are the Potter and we are the clay. You created each one of us the way that You wanted. Help us to accept each other as You have accepted us. Amen.

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