Transformation Garden - September 22, 2011

 

“And the woman (“Faithful”) bare a son, and called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord blessed him.”
Judges 13: 24
K.J.V.

EXPLORATION

“A Goodly Heritage”

“This is all the inheritance I can give to my dear family. The religion of Christ can give them one which will make them rich indeed.”
Patrick Henry

What is the heritage that I will leave to my family?

“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving soul on another.”
George Eliot

INSPIRATION

“The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have goodly heritage.”
Psalm 16: 6
K.J.V.

Yesterday was my mother’s birthday.  My sister and I, along with our husbands, and my niece, Bethanie, spent a wonderful evening enjoying each other’s company and celebrating the joy and blessing of my mother’s life.  Whenever we finish singing happy birthday, we always add, “And many more!”  And I pray my mother has “many more” healthy and happy birthdays to come.  Her impact on every life she touches, including my own, is immeasurable!

This is why I shared the words of the Psalmist David when, after reflecting on his own life, he penned the text found in Psalm 16: 6, “Fair are the places marked for me; I have a noble heritage.” (American Standard Version).

As David looked at his life, he realized the heritage that made life worth living was the gift of the strength and presence of God – a gift that had been passed down through the generations of his own family.  I know I can relate to the words of David.  While I have not been left an inheritance of gold and silver or earthly possessions by anyone in my family, the goodly heritage that has infused my life is one that was shared by generation after generation after generation.  And today, the family legacy I have received, which means more to me than any number on a ledger sheet, is the instruction in the ways of God, that have permeated my life.  The Hebrew translation eloquently sheds light on Psalm 16: 6 for David was saying the portion he received from God was more than enough.  He had been taught all his life God’s strength would always be enough; God’s love would never run out; and God’s forgiveness and power were unlimited.  This was the inheritance David could count on – an inheritance no stock market crash could ever take away from him.

As we look back on the home environment that Samson was blessed to be born into, we find the lines that fell around his life provided him with a “goodly heritage,” too.

His mother, whom I call “Faithful,” chose to be a Nazirite to God, keeping herself pure so nothing unclean would be passed on to her child.  And Samson’s father Manoah also remained steadfast to his wife at a time when “barren” women were cast aside for someone more fertile.  However, this man of God did not succumb to the traditions of men but was faithful to God.  With Godly parents as he was blessed with, we might assume that Samson would highly appreciate the “goodly lines” that were his inheritance.  But unfortunately, as we will learn in the next few days, this was not the case.  Godly parents and the repeated blessings of heaven were not enough to convince Samson that God’s path was where he should walk.

What lessons for us to learn from today.  Gratitude for a goodly heritage should fill each of us.  For even if we aren’t wealthy by this world’s measurement, the riches bestowed on each of us from our Father’s heavenly, inexhaustible treasure chest should compel us to declare without hesitation, “Your boundary lines mark out pleasant places for me.  Indeed, my inheritance is something beautiful.”

“Property left to a child may soon be lost; but the inheritance of virtue – a good name, an unblemished reputation – will abide forever.  If those who are toiling for wealth to leave their children, would but take half the pains to secure for them virtuous habits, how much more serviceable would they be.  The largest property may be wrested from a child, but virtue will stand by him (her) to the last.” - William Graham Sumner

AFFIRMATION

“Let all the world in every corner sing
       My God and King.
The heavens are not too high,
His praise may thither fly:
The earth is not too low,
His praises there may grow.
Let all the world in every corner sing
       My God and King.
Let all the world in every corner sing
       My God and King.
The Church with psalms must shout,
No door can keep them out:
But above all, the heart
Must bear the longest part.
Let all the world in every corner sing
      My God and King.”     

George Herbert
1593-1633

Your friend,

Dorothy Valcárcel, Author
When A Woman Meets Jesus
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