Getting Rich

“The blessing of the Lord makes a person rich, and he adds no sorrow with it.”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭10:22‬

You may not recognize rich when you see it, but I’m telling you – this is rich.

This is my compost bin.

It’s covered with snow right now, and isn’t doing a lot of active decomposing, but there’s definitely rich, glorious compost frozen right at the bottom of the heap.

I’ve been adding kitchen scraps, dead leaves, grass clippings, and more for years already. In return, I am rewarded with a rich, dark, earthy material that plants just can’t get enough of.

Hence, the title.

I’m getting rich.

It does take some effort. If I get the proportions wrong or accidentally add something at the wrong time, it can get a bit whiffy. I need to be careful not to add any plant material that harbours seeds or I’ll spread weeds when I add the compost to my flowerbeds.

But it’s rich stuff, I’m telling you.

Just think.

Rotting veggies. Dead grass. Soggy brown leaves. All degrading, decomposing into something that can help produce life.

A little perhaps of what it means to have the blessing of God upon you.

‘Um, wha?you ask.

Bear with me.

See, God takes our raw material – our weaknesses, our failures, our tendencies toward corruption – and uses the people around us and our circumstances to gradually wear away our rough edges, ‘composting’ our failures, so to speak, until what is smelly and blemished rots away.

All those difficult and challenging and perplexing experiences we endure – they have the potential to unlock the glory of new life, when put in the hands of God.

We become rich!

Rich in character. Rich in compassion. Rich in righteousness.

And that richness that sprang up as God worked inside us – well, it not only sustains and feeds and nourishes our own souls, it can become the fodder for someone else’s growth and beauty.

Whoa.

See, God’s blessing isn’t always in the form of sunshine and paid bills and a life where we always get why we want. In fact, it is more often the opposite.

It is in the compost bin of life that we will find our true blessings.

Yeah, it stinks.

It’s uncomfortable.

Sometimes, it’s downright painful.

But the blessing of God is always, only, working to produce His character in us.

And let’s face it. Some of us are a piece of work.

But oh, the glory to come, the true riches of being changed so that we more resemble our glorious God.

Get rich with me?

Father, Your blessing often comes disguised as hardship! Help us to understand that Your composting process is what we need to become more and more like You – and find the richness of life You designed for us. Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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