Sunday, March 15, 2015

Things Aren't Always As They Seem

 My twin sister and I wrote a children’s musical years ago called “Way Down Yonder In The Pumpkin Patch.” I wrote the songs first, and Dayle weaved in the dialogue. I found the live recording the other day, and it's been fun listening to it again. 

The musical communicated several valuable messages, among them the fact that what you look like on the outside doesn't always reflect what the inside is—in other words, an ugly pumpkin can still make a delicious pie.

To put that into a spiritual context, one of the songs is called “Inside Out.” The chorus says, “Inside out. Inside out. Why is it so hard to figure it out? God really knows what I’m all about. He sees me from the inside out.”

In today's world, where looks is an obsession and material things often define a person's success, it's easy to forget that things aren't always as they seem. Ugly sweaters can come in beautiful packages, filthiness can lurk in beautiful homes, and, yes, wickedness can dwell in spotless jars of clay. Only God knows what lies within, and he will have the final word.
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"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then I will profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." 
Matthew 7:22-23

Linking to:
Spiritual Sundays
Faith Filled Friday


  1. Gayle...good point today.Stopping by from Spiritual Sundays.

  2. Oh, I'm so glad that's how God sees me, potential, problems and all. I want Him to use this "pumpkin!"

    Great thought today. xo

    (In Oregon...)

  3. are so right...and I think it goes both ways. I'm so very glad sees me from the inside out because He knows my heart for Him... yet I am not always the witness that I know I should be. Thank goodness for His grace too :) Great post, Gayle.

  4. You speak the truth and have such a talent for writing. I've often said everyone wears a mask of some sort and it's only pulled off for probably one or two people. Maybe I should have said everyone has a wall built around them and only one or two are allowed inside. You put into words what I think so often.

  5. Love, love that musical! The songs were amazing, for sure.