Don’t Miss the Forest for the Trees

I take my grandson to daycare two to three times a week and I take backroads from my house to get there.  It is about a 20-minute drive one way, so I use this time to worship on the way there and my grandson who is 18 months old enjoys the music, so we worship all the way to daycare.  On the way back home, I use this time to pray and just have some alone time with God before I start my workday.

 In our area there are a lot of trees being harvested right now.  Along my route there are hundreds of acres being harvested right now.  The land that was once full of trees is now open and bare.  It is unrecognizable even though the land itself has not changed.  As I was driving back home last week, just looking at all this open land, the Holy Spirit began to show me that we as Christians are like this land covered with trees.  Sometimes we cannot be seen or used because of all the stuff growing in us and on us.  God is wanting to remove these things from us.  He is wanting to take us back to this open and bare place so he can start something new and fresh for you.      Isaiah 43:18-19 But forget all that – it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.  For I am about to something new.  See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Sometimes we can’t see the new that God is trying to do in our lives for hanging on to what God is trying to remove to make way for the new. 

These trees that were harvested were not all bad, damaged, or dead trees but their season was over.  Their purpose on this land was over. These trees will now go on to provide lumber and paper products used by people all over the world. See, God is not just removing bad stuff from us but sometimes the season is over for certain things in our lives.  We often want to hang on to things, people, relationships, jobs and while these may not be bad, their season with us is over.  We often assume that if God is removing something it is because it is bad and that is simply not the case.

When God is removing things from our lives, we often feel vulnerable and bare during this time.  As Christians we have to get to a place in our walk with God that we recognize that it is God, and we allow Him to do what needs to be done.  During this time, we have to trust Him and while the experience may not be pleasant, we have to trust God and take Him at His Word. He has even greater plans for us than we can comprehend. We say all the time that God is in control well, today we need to give Him total control and allow Him to work freely in us.  I pray today that each of us find the strength and courage today to allow God to create something new in us.

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