Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Jacob - Chapter 6

I love how Jacob points out that whether or not God's pruning, digging about and fertilizing, His nurturing, has the desired effect in our lives, is completely up to us.  I'll never forget President Hugh B. Brown's wonderful talk called God is the Gardener in which God says, "I am the Gardener here and I know what I want you to be.  If I let you go the way you're going you'll never amount to anything."  To which President Brown replies, "Thank you Mr. Gardener, for cutting me down, for loving me enough to hurt me."  The beauty of President Brown's choice was not in what happened to him but in his response to what happened to him.  Will we choose to reject the Gardener or to grow at His nurturing hand?

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