Benjamins' apple tree is growing so fast. I cannot believe that I am going to have to ropot it again so soon. I would just go ahead and plant it in the yard but I am not sure of how it would last the winter. My gardening sense is not very good. I have always been able to get things to grow but keeping them alive was the hard part for me. Can you believe that you are supposed to keep watering things for them to stay alive? This simple truth works for our lives also. It is so easy to get a bunch of things started in our lives, but it is hard to keep up with the watering, nurtureing, and caring of too many things at one time so it is the things we care about that we tend to give most of our time and affection, ie. watering, for them to continue growing.
One more quick mention. We were at Alabama Revival Conference last week and we were staying at the Sheraton for a couple of nights. One of the times we were getting on the elevator to go up to our room, Jacob started to get on it ahead of us and Benjamin thought he was going to be separated from us so he started SCREAMING "JACOB!! JACOB!! NO DON'T GO!!!" Everyone around us was startled at first and then they started to laugh and say how cute Benjamin was to be scared that his brother was going to be separated from him and get lost. Someone mentioned that now everyone knows who Jacob is. That night after church I could not stop thinking of how simple little children are. Benjamin did not think twice about trying to save his brother from going astray. Maybe we should take this example to help us to remember that we should help, not hinder our own church brothers and sisters and if we notice them starting to stray we should not be afraid to SCREAM out to God to help them return where they should be.