And all the trees of the field shall know that I, the LORD, have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish. I, the LORD, have spoken and have done it.” Ezekiel 17:24 (NIV)
The trees are bare and stand forlorn on the earth--their beauty hidden until spring when new buds will sprout. The earth has a blanket of leaves that will fertilize the ground for all the grass and plants. The old leaves become new life. God prunes nature.
When I look out at the bare trees, I see myself. God removes old junk from me, and I stand before Him naked. God prunes me whenever I need it, and with the dead branches removed, new and better growth will bloom.
Through the cross, Jesus made the way to strip the sins from me. Then another season of my life started. God’s words are seeds to my spirit and life to my soul. The seeds will spread, as I become a living testimony for Christ. The pollen from the flowers spreads when bees carry it from flower to flower and tree to tree. New life blooms. I can do the same with the Word of God by taking the good news from person to person. New life will flourish.
Father, strip me and clothe me with your righteousness. Teach me how to be a disciple for you.
© 2008 Marcella Panowicz