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The Strawberry and Spinach Salad

In a few days millions of Americans will be traveling during the 4th of July holiday. Many of those who are traveling will be going to cookouts and picnics, celebrating the holiday with family or friends. You might be one of those, maybe traveling to a friend’s beach house or simply walking down the street to a neighborhood gathering.

spinach-strawberry-saladThe host of the picnic has asked each guest to bring a dish to share. You have decided to bring a strawberry and spinach salad. You put the spinach in a bowl and add in crumbled feta cheese, sliced fresh strawberries, onions, and walnuts. For the dressing you mix some white wine vinegar, olive oil, chopped fresh basil leaves, sugar, and salt and pepper. Right before the meal you pour the vinaigrette dressing over the salad toss it all together.

About now you are wondering what a well mixed and delicious salad has to do with Jesus. Once mixed and tossed into the salad, no part of the salad is untouched by the dressing. It touches and coats all the ingredients; the spinach leaves, the strawberries, the onions, and the walnuts. When you become a follower of Jesus He wants to be in, to touch, every part of your life. He wants to give you wisdom as you decide on a career or which college to attend. He wants to give you peace as you sit in the doctor’s office looking at the tumor in your lung. He wants to help you walk away from the water cooler chatter that has turned to gossip and slander. In order to live life the way Jesus requires, He needs to be in us, and with us, not just on Sundays, but also Monday through Saturday. Jesus wants to be in everything you do and say.

Psalm 139 is a great place to see this intensely intimate relationship we have with Jesus. The psalm begins with these words, “You have searched me, LORD, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.” (vv. 1-4)

A few verses later we see this question, “Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?” We then get the answer in verses 8-10, “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 with guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”

So we ask you today, are you only allowing Jesus to touch certain places and keeping Him out of others, or are inviting Him to be the “dressing on your salad;” touching every aspect of your life?

Dave Garrett

New Bern, North Carolina

6/29/2016

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