Poison Ivy and Perseverance


While I’m not good at it, and I have a long way to go,  I really want to follow the Apostle Paul’s example and just follow Jesus no matter what, no matter where. A few days ago I asked, “How do I truly thank God for poison ivy without really being sarcastic?” on my facebook status. I got a lot of answers, some of them funny and some were really concerned for me, but it has been nagging on my mind throughout the day yesterday and even through my dreams at night. I guess when I think about something, I really think about it. 🙂

While I was being tongue and cheek and maybe even a little sarcastic  on my facebook status, I really thought about how easy I have it compared to so many. 

Things like poison ivy, or other silly annoying things help me to practise for the big stuff. How could I possibly sit in prison, being beaten and abused if I couldn’t handle a swollen eye from poison ivy? I believe it rains on the just and the unjust. I think the crap happens to the just and the unjust too. The way we respond to the crap shouts out to the world what it’s like to go through things with Jesus. When they see us walk through the same things they walk through and when they see us walk through with our Lord, Jesus comes alive to them. 

It really shouldn’t matter what I’m going through or what my present circumstance is…I want to just walk with Jesus. Plain and simple. 

So, to answer my question…How do I truly thank God for poison ivy without being sarcastic? I probably don’t. But, I can just thank God. Period. 😉 


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