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666th -- A Late Bloomer


It is easy to become discouraged when we try over and over to find our 
place in life unsuccessfully. What we must remember is that while we are
alive God has a plan and purpose for us to fulfill. We may not know what
it is in this present time, but if we continually seek the Lord and ask for
His wisdom and guidance, the Lord is faithful to lead us onto the path of
our destiny. Never become discouraged when uncertain times come your way,
but rather use that opportunity to show your confidence in the Lord knowing
that God has something special waiting for you just ahead. Be encouraged
to praise God even in the midst of the hardship showing the Lord that your
unwavering faith is focused on Him and not the negative situation before 
you. God moves mountains for those who stand in faith believing so take 
courage and show your confidence in Him. (Isaiah 55:6-9) (Jeremiah 33:3)

I hope this message ministers to your heart to never doubt your life or 
your worth. The Lord has a plan for your life, so you stand strong and 
stay faithful until He answers.


A cactus stood all alone in the desert, wondering why it was stuck in the
middle of nowhere.

“I do nothing but stand here all day,” it sighed. “What use am I? I'm the
ugliest plant in the desert. My spines are thick and prickly, my leaves 
are rubbery and tough, my skin is thick and bumpy. I can't offer shade or
juicy fruit to any passing traveler. I don't see that I'm any use at all.”

All it did was stand in the sun day after day, growing taller and fatter.
Its spines grew longer and its leaves tougher, and it swelled here and 
there until it was lumpy and lopsided all over. It truly was strange looking.

“I wish I could do something useful,” it sighed.

By day hawks circled high overhead.

“What can I do with my life?” the cactus called. Whether they heard or 
not, the hawks sailed away.

At night the moon floated into the sky and cast its pale glow on the desert

“What good can I do with my life?” the cactus called. The moon only stared
coldly as it mounted its course.

A lizard crawled by, leaving a little trail in the sand with its tail.

“What worthy deed can I do?” the cactus called.

“You?” the lizard laughed, pausing a moment. “Worthy deed? Why, you can't
do anything! The hawks circle way overhead, tracing delicate patterns for
us all to admire. The moon hangs high like a lantern at night, so we can
see our ways home to our loved ones. Even I, the lowly lizard, have 
something to do. I decorate the sands with these beautiful brushstrokes as
I pull my tail along. Buy you? You do nothing but get uglier every day.”

And so it went on, year after year. At last the cactus grew old, and it 
knew its time was short.

“Oh, Lord,” it cried out, “I've wondered so long, and I've tried so hard.
Forgive me if I've failed to find something worthy to do. I fear that now
it's too late.”

But just then the cactus felt a strange stirring and unfolding, and it knew
a surge of joy that erased all despair. At its very tip, like a sudden 
crown, a glorious flower suddenly opened in bloom.

Never had the desert known such a blossom. Its fragrance perfumed the air
far and wide and brought happiness to all passing by. The butterflies 
paused to admire its beauty, and that night even the moon smiled when it 
rose to find such a treasure.

The cactus heard a voice.

“You have waited long,” the Lord said. “The heart that seeks to do good 
reflects My glory, and will always bring something worthwhile to the world,
something in which all can rejoice - even if for only a moment.”

Author Unknown

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Proverbs 1:7-9 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but 
fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy
father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an 
ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck.”

Psalm 139:1-6 “O LORD, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest
my downsitting and mine uprising, Thou understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my
ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, Thou knowest
it altogether. Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid Thine hand 
upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot 
attain unto it.”

Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith
the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will 
hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search
for Me with all your heart.”

Philippians 2:13-15 “For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to
do of His good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: 
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in
the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights 
in the world.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today’s Selected Poem: ENRICHING THOUGHTS
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/inpoem157.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: RADICAL CHANGES
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony176.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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