At last the trees found someone prepared to be king―but what a strange choice. The thornbush, so common to Africa, is usually the last sign of life in the desert. Where the vegetation peters out, we often find the occasional thornbush standing firmly against the harshness of nature, its vicious thorns pointing outward for protection. These brambles are used for fire-wood yet they also give welcome shade to the weary traveller.
Am I, like the thornbush, willing to turn from my own plans and put others first?
PRAYER: Lord, help me to bring comfort to those with needs.
Judges 9:8, 14-15a (CEV) Once the trees searched for someone to be king . . . Finally, they went to the thornbush and asked, “Will you be our king?” The thornbush replied, “If you really want me to be your king, then come into my shade and I will protect you.”