“This mystery has been kept in the dark for a long time, but now it’s out in the open… The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory.” Colossians 1:26-27 (The Message Bible)
A nut fell from the hickory tree next to my swing. I picked it up and dug at it with my fingernail, but the green outer shell couldn’t be easily scraped away. Next to the hickory nut I’d found on the ground, I spotted a dark brown nut—called a husk–which is the ripened state of the green nut. Looking around, I discovered a husk partially open, just enough to expose the space where a kernel should have been. Perhaps a squirrel clawed out the sweet kernel or it deteriorated from becoming a victim of a storm that knocked it off the branch before it ripened.
We experience storms in our lives that can interrupt the progress of our faith journey. As strong winds blow immature nuts out of a tree before they can ripen and produce edible fruit, if we don’t hold on tight to the hands of our Lord, we may fall and fail. Through prayer we can peel off the protective layers of our hearts to live in the joy of the Lord.
Which would you rather be—a dried up nut—or one with a sweet kernel inside waiting to be shared?
Lord, help us to mature and ripen to be of service to you. Amen.