My neighbor has lived up on this mountain since he was a boy. He invited me and my Uncle over to pick cherries from his tree, as we did he told us the story of that tree. He had planted it many years ago and it had died. He had decided he should just cut it down when he noticed a new tree springing up from within the old trunk. He decided to let it go and just see what happened. Each year the tree grew stronger and now it produces beautiful cherries, too many for him to enjoy alone. He shares them with his neighbors, the birds, even the guys that work next to us. I thought a lot about that tree and the lessons it offered.
It reminded me of our old self dying as Jesus saves us and our new self being recreated and shaped as we follow Him. I also thought of how many times I seemed to rise from the ashes of life, God showering me in a beauty I didn’t deserve. Of course, perseverance also came to mind. This tree literally sprung back to life. My neighbor was patient with it just as God is patient with us. New life rose from seemingly a dead root, ahhhh but there was still life there! God breathes life into us, our situation, and our lives! God is telling me this morning what He has promised will come to pass, don’t give up. There is life in them roots just as there was life in them bones. Has He promised you something? Take heart, His Word does not return void! 💛 ~ Chelle, #f8ithgal
“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61: 3
“4 Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: 6 And I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord. 7 So I prophesied as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came together, bone to his bone. 8 And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. 9 Then said he unto me, Prophesy unto the wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army.” Ezekiel 37:4-10
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” Isaiah 55:11