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Mushroom-like Tenacity

by Ruth-Ann Thompson

If I go up to the heavens, You are there; if I make my bed in the depths, You are there, if I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there Your hand will guide me, Your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:8-10, New International Version.

Among the growing list of complaints in my new townhouse was my upstairs bathroom. There were plenty of signs of water damage in the floorboards, including bowing. I feared the support would one day give way, but my pleas to have it fixed went unheeded.

One night after the children were asleep, when I entered that fateful bathroom, I stopped short at the sight. Up from between the floorboards grew a cute little mushroom. We won’t discuss what happened from that point on and how quickly my bathroom got rebuilt!

Yet, I can’t help but admire that little fungus.

Even in the darkest and dirtiest places that we find ourselves, God’s mercy and grace will allow us to grow and become useful in His kingdom. I thank God that wherever I am, His love reaches out to seek and find me.

If you have made a wrong turn or done something that you are ashamed of, take it to Jesus. He already knows. He already cares. He’s already there!