After a couple of weeks with foot pain I am getting back to a more normal state. There is really no such thing as normal. Following my doctors orders we went for a nature walk this morning. I chose a nature park around 20 minutes from the house that would present a bit of a challenge to walk. We have walked this trail once before and I knew that it would provide some hills.
We started by going the opposite direction from where we had been the last time. This took us through some beautiful trees and blooming bushes. Due to allergies we walked fairly quickly through that area where that beautiful sweet smell of honeysuckle was the strongest. Then we slowed down and I was amazed by the size of the trees that were nestled in this small forested area. Some of them must be very old.
As I looked up I was fascinated with the way the limbs seem to bend this way and that way to get where they are right now. I wonder in my mind how that happens. Why did the limb not just grow straight out? What got in the way of this limb growing in one direction? It is true that limbs will grow toward the sun and if something gets between them and the sun they will grow around the obstruction.
On a spiritual level we are to grow toward the “Son” but have you noticed that there are many things that get in our way? I wonder if we look like those trees in the spirit realm. Are our branches crooked here and there because we are working our way toward the “Son of God”? Do all the obstructions we go around change how we grow? Do some of us get stuck under a full canopy and spend a lot of time trying to reach the “Son” but only get a limb or two out far enough or tall enough to feel the warmth of His embrace once in a while?
We need Jesus to be able to grow in our walk with God the Father. We need to be rooted and grounded in God’s word. Our hunger and thirst for righteousness must be satisfied with His word. And very importantly we must walk in the light of His word.
John 1:1 (NIV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
John 6:35 (NIV)
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.
John 8:12 (NIV)
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
John 14:6 (NIV)
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
Most trees are steady, slow growing and strong. That is my desire to become steady in my beliefs, to slowly grow in the word of God and to become strong enough to give God all the glory due His magnificent name. Will you join me?
I will be back next week with more.