[CF Devotionals] 2014-04-16 - Out of Control

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I have learned a lot about the ornamental yard plant known scientifically as Cortaderia Selloana and to most people as pampas grass. The bases of the plants can be 3-5 feet when fully grown and the height of these when mature is about 8-10 feet according to a University of Florida site (http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp145). It seems to fit the description of the three pampas plants on the side of our yard.

While these statistics are normal growth for this plant to me they seem out of control. It can make upkeep of the fence around our deck a challenge as I try to work around them. The leaves, no matter how I carefully cover my skin, seem to find the slightest opening of fabric and give me painful cuts. I suppose the leaves are designed that way as a protective measure for the grass, yet if I am caring for it then I find it disturbing and unnecessary. And then after the leaves are cut and I move them, they attach themselves to my clothes and shoes like Velcro® and I spend about half my time getting them off of me. So to me that's just out of control.

Does your life ever feel out of control? As though you're not at all part of the process? While we are to trust God with our lives He does expect us to do some things while we are here hence the term disciples. Dictionary.com not only describes a disciple as a follower of Christ, but also as someone who is a pupil. So if you are a pupil then you must be learning and then the next step is to put into practice what you learn. Once you do that then you are showing others what you believe. For example, if you used to focus more on what was wrong and would get yourself in an uproar thinking about it, then after learning more from the Word, it will occur to you that this is wrong thinking. You'll start to see what the error of your own ways had been. Being around people and situations that often reinforced those old habits will seem less desirable. Or it can be something as simple as your schedule seeming completely out of control and therefore it seems like it's running your life. As my dear husband once said to me “Who's making your schedule?” Now we can often have employment obligations, but if it seems you remain in turmoil sometimes something in your life has to change. I am strongly considering either getting someone to trim the pampas grass each year or getting rid of it due to how much turmoil it is causing me. What's holding you back from enjoying all God has for you right now? Because: “For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.“ (I Corinthians 14:33 KJV)

“who plots evil with deceit in his heart – he always stirs up conflict.“ (Proverbs 6:14)

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. “ (Proverbs 15:1)

“Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.“ (Proverbs 10:12)

Deborah Durrett

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All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.

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