This is my heart for you today, because He knows when you rise and when you fall and He knows of your comings and goings, he has seen and sees all that is before you.
Let me hear of your unfailing love to me in the morning,
For I am trusting you
Show me where to walk, for I have come to you in prayer………
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.
May your gracious Spirit lead me forward on a firm footing.
What a beautiful way to begin each new dawn of day. To hear of His love for us, stepping out knowing that we are special and valued. Facing all that comes our way, navigating every experience and encounter…..trusting……simply because we have asked that He will guide us in the right direction. That He will help us to choose wisely and confidently. And that no matter what the day may bring our feet are firmly planted on a strong and solid foundation.
Sixteen years ago when we moved into our house, there was not a tree to be seen in our subdivision. Along with the majority of other fellow home builders we embarked upon a tree planting frenzy in the hope of giving our suburban lifestyle a touch of ” country “. Our little corner of the world also backs onto wetlands teeming with birdlife, an oasis really.
Amongst our green thumbed efforts was a small tubestock gum tree, I actually thought it was dead, but we planted it anyway in the hope that it might revive and grow tall and strong as its little tag of information indicated it should.
At first it grew slowly and many of the other trees planted near by overtook it in height and it seemed to be dwarfed by their rapid growth. Many storms have passed through, destroying alot of our little gum trees fast growing neighbours. It too was tossed about, and more than once we thought we’d lost it as well. With the arrival of each new season it sheds its old bark to reveal a new and stronger trunk.
Now, standing tall and strong at the bottom of our yard is our gum tree. Its leaves are glossy and profuse, birds anually nest and take haven in its sturdy branches, when the storms pass through it is steadfast because our little gum tree has tapped into the source……its roots have grounded deep into the water it was planted by.
Little gum trees progress has been slow and often seemingly not at all, but when its roots finally connected to the life source, it grew and grew and continues to grow. Storm and drought no longer a threat, it can withstand the elements because its planted firm and strong. I’m a lot like little gum tree. My progress has been slow and arduous, I’ve been tossed about by the storms of life, at times getting lost at sea. I ‘ve been planted by the water but I haven’t allowed my roots to really go deep enough to withstand the storm…. until now. What an incredible place of security and shelter it is to be firmly planted and grounded in the one who will carry me through all of life’s turmoils .
” They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit. ” Jeremiah 17:8 NIV