Buried? or Planted?

I have felt quite overwhelmed at work the past couple of weeks. I’ve been working on a grant that was due on 3/31/2021, plus it’s the end of the quarter which means figuring taxes owed, and the end of the month with the regular attendance report, board meeting reports and payroll. My desk is literally covered and I’ve felt buried knowing that so many people depend upon me doing a good job. I actually took a day off yesterday, and I remembered an old saying – “Sometimes when you feel like you’ve been buried, perhaps you’ve just been planted.”

This week I’ve been using the daily Scripture Writing Schedule on “Planting Time.” The memory verse that I wrote every day was Psalm 1:3 – “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season: his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Note – the tree was planted (purposely planned) in a place where it could get the water and nutrients that it needed, and because of this – it grew and prospered, bringing forth fruit. Are you planted in the church – where you can study and learn God’s Word? Are you assembling with your church family to worship and praise God? Psalm 92:13 says, “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” Have you been baptized? Paul said, “Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of His resurrection” (Romans 6:4-5). It requires being buried in baptism to become a member of the church, faithful attention to studying God’s Word, prayer, and worshiping acceptably as directed in the Scriptures to grow as a Christian. For if you are truly living the Christian life, others will see it and you will be able to teach them, bearing fruit for the Lord.

So, perhaps “being buried” isn’t such a bad thing after all. Solomon said that “there is a time to plant” (Ecclesiastes 3:2b). May you be planted in “good soil by great waters, that it (you) might bring forth branches, and that it (you) might bear fruit, that it (you) might be a goodly vine” (Ezekiel 17:8) Simply blessed, Courtney

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