I walked outside & saw this very misplaced cactus. Why was there a cactus randomly sticking out of our landscaping? I started with 2 obvious culprits...my kids. DJ immediately owned it. He said that when he was riding his bike, he saw that someone on our street had thrown away their cactus. So he picked it up & carried it (Ow?!) back home & planted it where you see it. Maybe you have felt like this cactus. Somebody tossed you out; tossed you away. I remember in 3rd grade, a group of girls came up to me at lunchtime & said, "Heather, we've decided we're throwing you away in the trash can." Confused, I asked, "But why?" The ring leader said, "Because you're trash & we don't want to be friends with you any more." What someone saw as trash, DJ saw as treasure. You've heard that adage before. And so have I. But it wasn't until I saw how my son saved the cactus that the adage became personal. You see, DJ carried a cactus with large prickers down the street--surely enduring some ouch. But that didn't stop DJ. He did what he had to do to save a cactus--a treasure worth his ouch. And God sent his only son, Jesus, to do what He had to do....to save you--a treasure totally worth HIS pain. Perhaps, along the way, you were someones trash. But perhaps it's a blessing. Because you gained the opportunity to be picked up by Jesus & saved. Ensuring that one day, you'd be taken Home too.

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