Buds and Blossoms

“And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the murmuring of the children of Israel, which they murmur against you.” Numbers 17:5
“. . .and behold, the rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.” Numbers 17:8

I study my “rod” carefully. Still no sign of the obvious buds everyone’s looking for.

Thank you, Lord, for seeing and valuing the opposite of what the world does . . .and making it blossom and grow. And here’s a simple poem . . .

A Ripening Rod

She stands
head tilted upward
eyes closed
“I’m listening for Jesus”
she whispers.
I listen too
then realize
I just heard.


  1. Intrigued, as always, by your musings but particularly the thought of sprouting almonds. Sometimes we forget where our food comes from, don’t we?

  2. I love what you were intrigued with! 🙂 I think I can forget way too often . . .Maybe I need to do without food once in awhile, to realize that more. 🙂

  3. Hmmm… Interesting, Deb

    My brain went to town on this one.:-) So much stacked within this tiny capsule. (How do you do it?)
    – Looking for the blossoms… waiting for the signs of a promise.
    – Waiting with hope for what everyone else believes but I’m yet to see
    – Trusting Him to work through the impossibilities of bringing life from a dead stick
    – Shutting out everything else and placing my focus on Him
    – Surrounding myself with those who can help to lift my faith
    – Trusting the one that matters, regardless.

    @Jessiecarty – didn’t think of the food part. Thanks for the reminder of where we get our daily bread.

    Deb, I’ll camp here for a while. There’s much to chew!


  4. Cool thought, and goes along with a piece I just finished. ‘Watch this; this is going to be cool’.

    I love the way He layers things He is wanting us to see.

  5. Deb I really liked this and got goose bumps when I read the poem, and Ann’s comment blessed me so much, too. All of this combined makes for a wonderful time of meditation…I love the smell of almonds, especially almond lotion. I always stop and take the cap off so I can get a whiff when I go to the store. Sometimes when I am upset nice smells really help. I pray the Lord can help me remember this post so next time I sniff it will be even greater!



  6. Ann, you are amazing to see all these layers. I don’t think I put them in there . . .He must have revealed that to you, especially.
    For me, I have a daughter with special needs . . .that I ended up homeschooling . . .that needs a lot of support, the 24/7 kind. There was not much support of me doing this. So I kind of thought that God was going to do this miracle healing and she’d just blow everyone away within a few years. Maybe even go back to public school, I’d go back to work, everybody would be happy and praise God at what He had done. Only that is not exactly how it has gone. haha! But I think I need to keep looking and watching what He is doing in all this. It is indeed a miracle that we have made it thus far! And that she loves Him and talks all the time about how He died on a cross for us. Something special about special kids (she’s 19 now, but still a child) is that they will share Him with everyone . . .anytime, any place. 🙂
    God bless you Ann, while you chew!

  7. Okay…I just couldn’t resist. I like Almond Joy candy bars, too. 🙂

  8. I can’t wait to read what you have coming next. The title has me excited already. 🙂 The layering . . .I really appreciate the help from everyone that enables me to see what He wants me to see. Each person has experiences and times with Him that add to the simple concept I pick up on. Love that!

  9. That’s a beautiful picture, Deb! Very touching!

  10. Oh Theresa . . .I do the same thing with smells! I kept a clean linen candle for smelling purposes alone, for the longest time. I’d take it and let my daughter smell it too . . .there was just something about it that blessed me and made me feel good. God bless you as you meditate on Him!

  11. hahaha! Me too!! I try to tell myself that they are healthier for me than some of those other candy bars! 🙂

  12. God bless you, Eric, and your precious family, as you listen for Jesus too! 🙂 I can tell He talks to you a lot!

  13. Healthy, yummy, cool and filling post as well as comments! Thanks everyone for feeding me — I’m more than satisfied. Burp!

  14. You are so welcome and complete the post with the sun-fun-shine you bring with you . . .always! God bless you as you hunger and thirst for Him!

  15. I think it is great how you are writing a poem for your scripture readings Deb. It seems to me like it is a great way to internalize it. Blessings!

  16. I think that’s it exactly. God knows I need extra help, and so He delivers! 🙂 God bless you and your writing for Him today!

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