Awhile back I was feeling down and decided to go for a walk. The sky was a dark gray and filled with rain which matched the mood I was in. I put on my rain boots and headed out needing some kind of escape. The gentle rain smelled good as it hit each blade of grass and fallen leaves that littered the land.
“Lord, I’m feeling kinda old I guess. I find myself worrying over things I have no control over and I’m just tired. I try to stay positive, yet deep in my heart I’m hurting. I trust You, but maybe it’s because I’m human and see with my natural eye I’m letting trials get the better of me.
I just feel……… Tired.”
As I walked and poured out my heart to the Lord, my tears mixed with the rain.
I was still in tears, heart heavy with burdens when I rounded a corner and saw her.
Our old Bradford Pear Tree standing there in all her glory. She has been there for what seems like an eternity, branches reaching up to the heavens as if she to were praying.
Old, and in a field by herself she stood there drinking the sweet rain that fell softly upon her. And she was in full bloom! Each branch was covered in delicate white flowers and the sound of honey bees were coming from inside them as they gathered up the nectar she produced.
“She still has something to offer.” I thought. “And so do I.”
I am rooted in God’s love, His peace, and His mercy. If He can make an old tree bloom with perfection, just think of what He can do for us! I stood with her for a long time, amazed at how our God uses things in our life for just the right moment. His gentle nudge of “Be still and know.” Is something I learn everyday.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future of hope.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”