April 8th is my third “Hippy Birthday.’ Which simply means I got my new replacement on that date. Working outdoors trimming bushes and raking gives me a reason to celebrate and to ache!
I spent the morning raking gum balls. Those wonderful trees that have so many characteristics. I was being sarcastic until I started looking up facts about the “Sweet Gum” Tree.
~The wood is commercially used for furniture, doors, millwork and paneling. It is also used to make baskets, railroad ties, crates and pallets, plywood, veneer and upholstered furniture frames.
~Shikimic acid from this tree is used in medicines, tea can be made with the greener gumballs. And finches love the seeds inside the gumballs. These are just a few of it uses.
Who would have thought those crazy looking things had a purpose? I just know that when I step on them they hurt and cause pain.
The last eight weeks have reminded me of those gum balls. I felt it was time to get off of some meds that I had been on for over 16 years, and it has hurt in many ways. I will soon find out if it is from meds or another issue.
But the good news is that Abba Father knows that I have a purpose. I may feel a bit of pain right now, and not know what is going on but I have HIS love and assurance. Pain can often warn us of things that might be wrong and can be used in our lives.
Yet again today, I receive that manna that He provides. I have a purpose, and so do you.
And how neat that He reminded me of His manna through gum balls!
~Be Encouraged Today~