Photo and Commentary ©2017 by Cheryl Boardman
Monday, September 25, 2017

I took this photo from a boardwalk running through a sphagnum bog in Pacific Rim National Park Reserve on Vancouver Island. These are the leaves of the Round-leaved sundew or Drosera rotundiflora L. The whole plant is very small and the leaves are smaller than a dime. It wasn’t flowering when I saw it but it was ready to catch some poor hapless insects. Yes, this plant is actually carnivorous! The bog doesn’t provide enough nutrients and these plants absorb nutrients from the insects they catch in their sticky “dew” drops.

I think we sometimes get caught in “sticky situations” and can’t figure out any way to get out. These can be of our own making or just some situation that we find ourselves in.

The Bible is full of examples of people who found themselves in these types of situations and how God got them out of it. I like the stickers that say, “God allows U-turns.”

A prime example of this is the parable of the prodigal son (told in Luke 15) and how he squandered all of the privileges and opportunities he had and only when he was in the depths of despair, did he think about actually returning to his father’s house. We don’t need to wait that long. Our heavenly Father is waiting for us to turn to Him in good times and in bad.

“When he was still a long way off, his father saw him. His heart pounding, he ran out, embraced him, and kissed him. The son started his speech: ‘Father, I’ve sinned against God, I’ve sinned before you; I don’t deserve to be called your son ever again.’

“But the father wasn’t listening. He was calling to the servants, ‘Quick. Bring a clean set of clothes and dress him. Put the family ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Then get a grain-fed heifer and roast it. We’re going to feast! We’re going to have a wonderful time! My son is here—given up for dead and now alive! Given up for lost and now found!’ And they began to have a wonderful time.

Luke 15: 20-24 (The Message)