At my home there was a big old tree right next to my driveway. At one time it’s beautiful green leaves and sturdy branches provided a very nice shade for my car. As the years went by the tree began to wither. Its leaves, no longer danced in the wind. The branches weren’t reaching out to the sun, and the leafy paradise was silenced. My once graceful skyscraper seemed lifeless. However, it started to creep into my driveway and caused it to crack, so we decided to cut it down. All that was left was a stump as close to the ground as we could get it. As the months passed by I missed my shady tree less and less. And one day as I was coming back from work, I noticed something. Something different about this stump. I mean it was the same stump, only there was something NEW. I hadn’t seen in a while. In a very long while. It had growth. A tiny speck of life growing from it. But how is this possible if we made sure to cut it to the ground. It turns out that trees never really die unless you uproot them, they continue to grow from the inside. With enough rain (food) and sunlight (love) and after a while they begin to sprout. There were signs of life signs of new beginnings. And life for the tree begins again!
When we are young our parents guide us. They provide for us, they pour into us, and if we are Blessed they show us to abide by the word of God. They show us God’s love and show us his ways (nourishment for when we need it). As we grow older we tend to move away. Not just from our families, our homes, but from our believes. We start to form our own opinions and hopefully with God’s Grace we continue in the path of righteousness, right? Well if you are like most of us, that is not always the case. We try to “go find ourselves” but only to find out we are more lost than when we started. How many of us have been through situations where we think we know it all. We can do it because, “I know” what “I need” to do to make it right. But the harder we try the worse it gets, and the worse it gets the harder we try. It’s a vicious cycle that just keeps repeating itself until we just can’t anymore. How many of you have been through this? It may have been a different situation but always the same outcome. And all the while we are thinking, what is happening? What went wrong? “Who” am i going to blame this time? Because, after all, it most certainly isn’t my doing. I would be fooling myself if I tried to tell you “not me”, “no this never happened to me”, or that I had become one of the righteous ones. Well I’m here to tell you is that it did not happen. That wasn’t me. I, like many, became distracted with life. I did things I wanted to do for myself. I became less and less interested in what God had for me because after all I knew better. Just like my tree, I knocked myself down to the ground with no signs of life (spiritual life). But sometimes people come into your life, not by chance, but because it was meant to be. I was that stump I spoke of earlier. Knocked to the ground with no signs of life. God placed someone in my life, a ray of sunshine and drop of rain, to nourish me with his word. And bring me closer to the one who give life. I began to show tiny signs of life and thankfully we serve a God who loves us above all else. (John 3:16) He delights in us, and we can rest knowing that no matter what we did, HE will remember your sins no more. (Zephaniah 3:17) I know sometimes we feel down and out, or we just can’t, or just don’t want to. I’m here to tell you “Yes you can,” and “you should.” God will replenish you. “I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint” (Jeremiah 31:25)
Although, my tree stump never recuperated or flourished, it is there serving as a reminder to me. That when I’m feeling beat down by negativity, or let downs, or just having a bad day, that no matter how hard this world tries to keep us from becoming something, or someone, we all have it in us to push through the darkness to get to the light. And once we are there we need to continue to feed ourselves, pour some water and shine the light on us. Ephesians 5:8 says “For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” The Lord will give you life, HE will replenish you and quench your thirst. Get together with like-minded people who love and adore the Lord. Those who will bring you closer to God. Get to know HIM by reading HIS word. Have one on one time with HIM and allow yourself to be intimate with HIM. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16) Be the light and shine the light of Our Heavenly Father.