Some bent, some broken. Those trees and bushes last week.
Yes, we propped up a few, and yes, three were broken in places, and one broke off completely, but these supple trees recovered, rose up again to stand strong and tall and speak silently of the power of God to raise up the bent down, to heal the battered, to refresh and renew what looks ruined and ended.
Of course there’s a lesson in this, not to go bitter and brittle and hard and resistant (Pro 29:1), but to lean on the Lord, and cast our burdens on Him, to humble ourselves under His mighty hand, and trust in the sure promise that He will raise us up in (His) due time (1 Pt 5:6-7) .
Yet the resilience comes from Him, a gift from the Giver of all good things, the reliance must be on Him, the Reliable One, and the lifting up is done by the Lifter-up.
Praising Him for these REASONS today:
(as I count toward 10,000 reasons)
164 – Because a bruised reed He will not break (Isa 42:3; Mat 12:20)
165 – Because a smoldering flax He will not extinguish (Isa 42:3; Mat 12:20)
166 – Because He heals broken-heartedness (Isaiah 61:1)
167 – Because He sets captives free (Isaiah 61:1)
168 – Because He opens all kinds of prisons to loose those who are bound (Isaiah 61:1)
169 – Because He comforts those who mourn (Isaiah 61:3)
170 – Because He gives beauty for ashes (Isaiah 61:3)
171 – Because He gives the oil of joy for mourning (Isaiah 61:3)
172 – Because He gives an enfolding of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Isaiah 61:3)
173 – Because He works in all these things to make trees of righteousness, a planting of His own, that He may be glorified (Isaiah 61:3)
174 – Because He promises the repair and rebuilding of old ruins, the raising up of desolations, the reviving of the desolations of many generations (Isaiah 61:4)
175 – Because He replaces shame with double honor (Isaiah 61:7)
176 – Because He replaces confusion with rejoicing in one’s portion (Isaiah 61:7)
177 – Because He bestows everlasting joy to His people (Isaiah 61:7)
178 – Because He loves justice, and hates robbery used for “sacrificial” offerings (Isaiah 61:8)
179 – Because He will direct His people’s work in truth (Isaiah 61:8)
180 – Because He makes a covenant that’s everlasting (Isaiah 61:8)
181 – Because He clothes with salvation (Isaiah 61:10)
182 – Because He covers with a robe of righteousness (Isaiah 61:10)
183 – Because as the earth brings forth its bud, and as the garden causes the things sown in it to spring up, so He will cause righteousness to spring forth before all the nations (Isaiah 61:11)
(Allelujah! Amen! Maranatha!)