Given Some Time
On the mountain heights of Israel I will plant it; it will
produce branches and bear fruit and become a splendid cedar. Birds of every
kind will nest in it; they will find shelter in the shade of its branches.
I went to visit a friend who lived
in a new community. I finally arrived at my destination after driving for
some time through the homogenized landscape. Getting out of the car, I
looked around, and noticed that the trees were just newly planted saplings, all
about five feet high. I thought to myself, “This is truly a new community.”
However, thinking of the future,
these trees will steadily mature. As their branches reach toward the sky, their
roots will burrow deep to secure a strong foundation. As these trees continue
to grow, they will provide shelter from the heat and the rain and bring
character to the community, given some time.
When we first come to believe in
our Lord Jesus, our spiritual life is very similar to those young saplings. Our
Lord Jesus has taken us from our old life and planted us as saplings in His
community through His grace. During this time, we aspire to do great things for
God. We want to grow quickly and reach the sky, but we may find ourselves too
young and too small to do so. We often admire the big trees and see how tall
and firm they stand even when the wind is blowing, whereas we can barely hold
our own, swaying every which way the wind blows.
Yes, the big trees can withstand
the wind, but every once in a while even their branches will break. The
saplings sway whichever way the wind blows, but by doing so they learn to root
themselves deeper. Even though we are young, God has a plan and time for
Given some time, as we continue to
root our lives in God’s word and nourish ourselves with the Holy Spirit, God
will cause us to grow to become a big tree firm in faith, strong in Spirit. The
wind may blow, the sun may blaze, the rain may pour around us, but we are able
to provide comfort and peace to those in need.
Given some time, through our
experiences, difficulties, and trials, God will groom us to be a tree that
embodies His nature. We will become mature trees providing good moral character
and spiritual quality to the community of God. Given some time, we will be living
landmarks directing a lost people looking for a way out of the corrupt world
and into the house of God.
Even though we may feel incapable
and small, let us continue to aspire to do great things for God. Let us
continue to root ourselves in the truth. Given some time, God will cause
us to grow so that we can touch the skies.
How has our faith grown in the
What are some of the great things
we plan to do for God?