Clover: Part 2

They say beauty is often in the eye of the beholder. And I reckon that is mostly true. A list member reminded me of a few of the positive attributes of clover after reading Monday’s devotion. A couple of those are: If you allow it to completely take over the yard it is pretty well maintenance free, it doesn’t need to be mowed, and it does have a fairly attractive little white blossom on it all season.

Our pastor is teaching a multiple-night series on faith. We spoke about what faith is last Wednesday and broke down the biblical definition (Hebrews 11:1), attempting to get a firmer grip on what it really is. The Reader’s Digest version of what I came away with: We believe when we pray, etc but to have faith we need to have an expectant trust in God and His ability to answer, provide, etc.

Scripture tells us many things about faith: we walk by it, are sanctified by it, are justified by it, to name a few. Perhaps most importantly, we can’t please God without faith. And that faith is and expectant trust, a child-like faith.

Take a look around the yards in your neighborhood today. What do you see growing? Do those “weeds” look a little different from a slightly different perspective? Consider how much better we could serve our communities and families and our Lord if we took that child-like, expectant trusting faith and let it loose in the yards of our lives. That “clover” would change our lives into what God truly intended them to be I think. And I am certain that kind of “clover” would spread all about us, into the “yards” of everyone we know.

Matthew 11:28-30
28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.


The other day I noticed that an old problem had crept it’s way back into our landscape: clover. This past fall, and so far this year, I’ve not applied any weed control products. Almost “magically” that little white nuisance flower has now taken over nearly my whole front yard again. It was so bad a few years ago I told Billie if we could find a way to market the stuff we would be rich.

Anyway, as I got in the shower this morning this clover problem popped back in my mind. (Keep reading; I’m probably going in a different direction that you expect.)

Our faith is or can be a lot like that clover. It can and should grow in us, increasing in its density. And like that stuff in my yard, it can should spread out from us to others by the Holy Spirit’s use of our lives.

Make it a point to share a little of your clover -Jesus Christ- this week. The more you share Him the farther your faith will spread, both in you and around you.

Psalm 63:3 Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.