Sunday, December 27, 2009

The Green Stuff: Mistletoe

Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.
Ephesians 1:11

Recommended Reading
Romans 8:28-30

No one knows who began the custom of kissing under the mistletoe, but we do know that mistletoe is a pest. It grows in the branches of trees, and its roots invade the bark and live off the tree's sap.

Yet mistletoe isn't all bad. Many animals depend on it for food, eating its leaves and berries. Birds build nests in clusters of mistletoe, finding there a convenient habitat for their young. Some botanists believe the sticky juice of mistletoe may prove a useful herbal remedy for circulatory problems.

How like the year we're finishing! Not all good, not all bad. And this coming year will be a mixed blessing, too. None of us knows what "pests" we'll find growing in our branches. Yet those very problems may provide occasions for God to nourish and provide for us.

Romans 8:28 says that God works all things for our good, and Ephesians 1:11 says that He works all things according to the counsel of His will. Those twin assurances are like two omnipotent hands underneath our lives. For the eternal God is our refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.

God promises it…. The everlasting arms are underneath, and as thy days, so shall thy strength be. What a promise!
W. A. Criswell

No comments: