Glory, All Day Long
By Hally Franz –
The antique wagon wheel came with the house. When we moved in eight years ago, it rested against the trunk of the formidable oak tree that is the highlight of our front yard. The rough and ragged wheel has remained there since that time, its center and spokes positioned within the metal frame, but no longer actually attached to it.
Our wagon wheel is an interesting piece, but it’s never really seemed complete as a design or landscaping feature. There are no similar artifacts complimenting it in the yard, so it appears random in its positioning next to the stately oak. It seems without purpose, aside from just hanging out with our tree, and it makes no real statement.
The tree/wheel arrangement was long overdue for a little attention, so after planting my spring flowers, I scattered some stray morning glory seeds at the base of the oak. As is generally the case with my gardening projects, this was experimental, because I didn’t know the attributes of morning glories. I simply hoped for a bit of color around the decrepit and destitute wheel.
Over the next few weeks, I watched stems begin to sprout from the ground. We carefully mowed and trimmed the space hoping these flowers might be just the thing to brighten the area. Soon, I saw the stems turn to vines that stretched skyward and attached themselves to the spokes of the wagon wheel. As weeks turned into months, the morning glories weaved in and out through the wheel’s wooden limbs, eventually seeming to connect the broken center piece to the outside of the wheel that merely rested around it. Red and blue flowers bloomed on the vines, adding color and life to the wheel, now not merely a random object, but a perfect trellis for the climbing morning glories.
While the selection of morning glories was accidental for me, God’s work in a life never is. When seeds of faith are planted in new believers, lives are changed. As we grow in our Christian belief, God weaves strands of His word and His works throughout our being. Lives that once seemed meaningless and without purpose are filled with a mission, desire to serve and message to share. God’s presence in our life brings a connectedness between our inside and outside, our thoughts and deeds. Broken spirits and lonely lives are made new again through Him.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for coming into my life and providing meaning and purpose for my days. Help me Lord to serve You by fulfilling that purpose each day.
“Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him” (Isaiah 43:7 KJV).
Today’s devotion is by Hally Franz. Hally is a former teacher and high school guidance counselor, turned homemaker. She enjoys volunteering at her children’s school, teaching Bible classes at her church, leading projects in 4-H, writing, reading, scrapbooking, and rousing (though, sometimes, not pretty) Zumba classes.