JULY 12, 2021
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked…
…He is like a tree planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
but are like chaff that the wind drives away.
One summer’s vacation we visited a rural church somewhere in Iowa. A brief devotional time in the service was led by a local farmer. He was wearing his usual denim overalls. In one hand he carried his Bible, and in the other a huge handful of fluffy stuff. And he was grinning a sort of mischievous grin. I was intrigued. The farmer explained he held “chaff” and described how it is the leftover material from threshing grain. It is typically very dry and light, he described, and it blows away easily in the lightest of winds. Then he took a deep breath and blew the chaff from his hand all over the middle of the sanctuary. And then, still grinning, he just walked back to his seat.
My first impression? This guy doesn’t speak at church very often. He must have led with a Bible verse, but I don’t remember that part. He didn’t even give a summary conclusion, he just blew chaff all over the floor and sat down. My second impression? Somebody’s not too thrilled about the extra vacuuming now needed this week. But here’s the funny part: I still remember his example some 30 years later! And whenever I come across the word “chaff” in my life, guess what’s the first thing to come to mind for me, every single time?
Two thoughts for today:
1) Never underestimate what God might be doing through you or others. I have often (and sadly) undervalued my brothers and sisters in Christ, and their contributions, just because they didn’t fit my narrow view of the day.
2) “The wicked are… like chaff” The works and results of evil, injustice and pain will all someday blow away as easily as the pile of fluff in that farmer’s hand. Some days we need to remember that. The impact of the wicked hits us all – it’s difficult walking through life in a broken world. But! God promises relief in our future, blowing away evil like a cool breeze blowing away a hot summer day. A good way to start this week might be to simply give heartfelt thanks to our God and Savior for all He does on our behalf. No matter what chaff you are fighting through (or cleaning up), He is by your side today and always!