Blasted Gourds is a phrase I borrowed from a John Newton Hymn. It refers to chapter 4 of the book of Jonah. God destroyed the gourd plant that brought Jonah pleasure, and Jonah complained. The Gourd plant symbolizes the things that we take great pleasure in, forgetting that they are gifts from God, and losing sight of God’s will because we are wrapped up in them. Jonah needed it removed in order for his heart to be right before God. So too I find that I have things in my life that God rightfully blasts to make me more obedient to and dependant on Him.