"come to life" devotionals

Devotions from the Word in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Granada Heights Friends Church.  

The following is an excerpt from the devotional book.  Books are available for purchase in the church office.


by Pam Carlson

“Catch for us foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards,

Our vineyards that are in bloom.”

Song of Songs 2:15 NIV

I love grapes.  Green, red, it doesn’t matter.  Juicy, easy to eat, and good for me.  Before I know it, the stems are empty, but it’s not difficult to buy more.  What if I took a bunch to work to enjoy at lunch and when that time came, they were gone?  Stolen, swiped, plundered, poached!

It’s the little things that trip me up:

  • Trash dropped in my parking space
  • Being asked to revise a ‘final’ product for the tenth time
  • Reading the starting time wrong and arriving late for a movie or program
  • Something I hid in a ‘safe’ place cannot be found
  • An unexpected interruption in my perfectly-planned day

I’ll admit that my first reaction is not to count it all joy or to silently recite Romans 8:28 with a smile on my face.  Instead, it is often to mutter to myself Mutley the cartoon dog’s curse of “Rack ‘em, frack ‘em.”  There may be deep sighs and sometimes even a rolling of the eyes.  Someone or something has stolen my grapes!

I am irritated, annoyed, peeved, rattled, disturbed, irked, exasperated, and INCENSED!  Botheration!  Pow - just like that, a seed of bitterness has been planted, ready to burst into bloom if I nourish these feelings.  There’s a decision to make.  Can I let go or do I fret over what has happened treating it like a yo-yo to be handed over to God but feeling free to yank back the next time it happens?

One of my prayers lately has been, “Lord, help me see what I’m not seeing.”  Usually it pertains to looking for something, but I believe it also applies to my attitude toward someone who would dare to steal my grapes.  Instead of reacting immediately, can I bite my tongue and hold back the first snarky comment that pops into my mind?

Maybe, just maybe, God is the One ultimately in charge of every moment of my day and the events that fill it.  Leaning on my understanding of a situation can lead to hurt feelings and even loss of sleep.   Why would I ever want that?

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart, don’t try to figure out everything on your own.”  Proverbs 3:5 MSG


  • What are some “grapes” that God has brought to mind?         
  • How would you immediately react to someone or something that would steal or harm one of those “grapes?”         
  • As you consider your immediate reactions, ask God to bring to mind Scripture that could turn those reactions to be more loving and evident of your trust in Him.  Consider writing the Scripture and posting it where you will see it often as a reminder of the immediate reaction you would like to have.