Monday, November 7, 2016

Be like a cocklebur

Cockleburs! Ugh!
Beggar lice! Those are "ugh" too!

Those of you who enjoy the outdoors know exactly what I'm talking about. Many times when we walk through our pastures, our family ends up needing to spend some time removing these pesky things from our boots and our socks, after the hike. Cockleburs are the hardest to pull off.

(By the way, did you know that the product we know and love as "velcro" came from someone who experienced this? Seriously! It was a Swiss mountaineer, George de Mestral that used his noodle as he picked them off his clothes. He realized that this concept could become a product that would rival the zipper as a way of fastening clothing. One side with loops, one with pointy ends, and the rest, as they say, is history!)

Anyway, cockleburs have this innate ability to form the strong bond that makes it difficult to pull them loose. And we need to be like cockleburs.
Yep, you heard me correctly!
Being a cocklebur is just my country way of expressing the relationship between God's faithfulness and our need for Him.

On one side, we have a faithful, loving God.
On the other side, we have our need for our Father God.
That can result in a very strong bond!

We'll be studying here in Ruth again this week, as we explore this concept.
Here is a verse for us to consider until next time:

             Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions
             never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
             (Lamentations 3:22-23)


Cathy said...

I love that verse. It always takes my mind to singing the hymn Great is Your Faithfulness. Such a glorious promise and such a comfort.

Katie Isabella said...

I am just starting your study today. I like the juxtaposition here. :-)