What Are You Holding On To?

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Cucumber leaves and stem removed to show a cucumber tendril wrapped around a dill plant.

My husband built a raised-bed vegetable garden for me. I have three eight-foot rectangles of fertile soil. It is the ideal set-up for a small home garden. However, there is one problem. My cucumber plants do not respect the boundaries.

Experienced gardeners know that you must allow plenty of space for cucumbers to grow. The plants tend to wander looking for something to grab hold of. Tentacle-like tendrils reach out to wrap around any support they can find. Support is defined simply as what is nearby and easily accessible.

This year, the cucumber plants crossed over to an adjacent bed and became entangled in the dill plants. I counted five loops of a single cucumber tendril around one dill stem. The cucumber plant’s tenacity is to hang on as if its life depended on it. Eventually, the cucumber plant took down the dill plant because the dill was not meant to support itself and the cucumber plant.

What or who are we entangled with in our lives? Is it simply what is nearby and easily accessible? Does our support hold up over time? Or do we take ourselves and our support down? Time and fruit borne will prove the worthiness of the support we choose.

We were never meant to do life alone. We need each other, but more importantly we need God. We can reach out to God knowing that He will never let go of us. He is our sure foundation, refuge, and support for real life that takes us into eternity.

God delights in our growth as we entangle our thoughts, hearts, faith, and life around Him. Reach out to God and just try to wrap your mind around all His promises for you. Lean in closer, trusting Him with all of your being as if your life depended on it. (It does!) Jesus Christ on the cross has already proven the worthiness of God’s support for us! What or who are you holding onto instead of God?

Isaiah 33:6

He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. 

Isaiah 28:16

So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “What Are You Holding On To?

    • Ginene, I am so glad that this analogy spoke to you. Sometimes “pictures” in nature can speak volumes to me. This post was the result of a “picture” from this past summer. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here!

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  1. Debbie your Message was very uplifting and rich in God’s Truth, yes The Lord is our Rock, our sure Foundation, when we Trust in Him we won’t fall.

    I don’t believe in the Secular Teaching that we should have boundaries towards people who come into our lives and shut them out instead of showing them Godly Love and acceptance as people of worth but we must have boundaries to protect ourselves from becoming entangled with false Teaching and evil happenings in our World, Halloween being one of them. God’s Truth as confirmed in Scripture by the Empowering of The Holy Spirit (1Corinthians 2:9-16) is our Boundary against all Evil.

    God asks us who will contend with Him against evil and who will Stand up for His Truth and you do both Debbie, loud and clear and it is not forced, it comes from your heart of Love both for God and others.

    Christian Love Always – Anne.

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    • Anne, Thank you for your encouraging words (as always!) Your comment could be the topic for another whole post about boundaries! We need to confidently and joyfully know who we are in Christ. And then go out beyond our boundaries to share the good news. Romans 10:14-15, “How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in ? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

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