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Weekly Devotionals

The Gourd’s Prayer

As I was waiting for a Mother’s Day bouquet to be assembled in a floral shop recently, I couldn’t help observing the “messages” that were being communicated in this family’s second-home. There was an older gentleman that was reading a newspaper with his spectacles hanging off the tip of his nose. There was also an adolescent boy quietly studying at a desk while a mid-afternoon show was playing in the background. Then there was the attention this boy’s father was offering to every carefully picked flower as he added it to the bouquet of various pinks. Despite being set in one of the busiest sections of Seoul, I could sense there was a humble peacefulness marking this environment. And then, where I was standing, I looked down.

I quickly recognized the word “kingdom” centered on a dried gourd and decided to read it from the top. Ah yes, the Lord’s Prayer (in part)! I always enjoy finding the Scripture in unexpected places. And the peculiarity of its placement made me reflect on the ways that God’s Kingdom coming and will being done is much about taking things that are otherwise dead and useless and making them into something meaningful and static. And as we allow the Lord to redeem us, to declare his word, to sing his praises, and to honor his name, then we have the privilege of seeing his will come to fruition. 

More important than reading, writing, or speaking these powerful words of life, are to engrave them on our innermost parts. Proverbs 7:1-3 implores us to “keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart.” 

Today, as you find the Lord speaking forth his words to you from every which direction the Holy Spirit may blow (or whichever little nook of the city you may find yourself in), be sure to intentionally pull these treasures in to store deep within your soul. This is where the wellspring of life lies that truly gives God the honor he deserves and brings peace and hope to those around us, even as we faithfully live our lives.