A Turnip Testimony

From: Mary J. Hall

I was given a bag of turnip greens today, full of trash and frost. I thanked the gentleman for them and went inside. My first impulse was to throw them in the garbage. Then I thought of the trouble the man had gone through to pull them up and walk the mile to my house in the cold to bring them to me. Now I love turnip greens so I thought maybe I could get enough for one meal, not realizing God was going to give me more than food for my body !

1 COR 1:27 "God hath chosen the foolish things of this world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things that are mighty."

What is more foolish than a bag of trashy turnip greens to teach me the importance of giving thanks in all things, the love of all mankind and the importance of being fully rooted and grounded in God's word ?

As I started to clean the greens I thought of the scripture in Psa. 116:17 "I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call upon the name of the Lord." You see I did not want to go through all that dirt and trash, but as I began to thank God and praise him He began to really bless me.

God revealed to me the love He talks about in 1 COR 13, when we look at others, to look past all the filth and cold harshness in that person and we will find the person God created him to be. Through love and patience we can win them for God's kingdom.

By this time I was half through cleaning the greens and decided I had enough for a meal and was going to throw the rest out. God said "Not so I have more. Do you see those oak leaves in with the greens?" "Yes Lord", I said. Then He revealed to me that we are not to be tossed about like those leaves but to be fully grounded in his word as He said in EPH 3:17-19 "That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth. To know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God."

Also John 10:28,29 "And I gave unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father which gave them me is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my father's hand."

I was thinking of the turnip roots in being rooted and grounded but God revealed to me that our roots must go deeper into his word like the mighty oak, so no man can pluck us up.

I am sure I shall never forget the great blessing God gave me from the bag of trashy turnip greens. Now I will want to thank and praise Him more in all things, looking for the joy of His promises in serving Him. Not only did God give me food for my body but for my spirit as well.


Mary Jones Hall

December 6,1986


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