High atop the mountain ridge stands a lone evergreen surrounded by the stark, barren trunks and branches of a full forest of deciduous trees. Oak and locust, elm and maple packed in like a crowded marketplace speak clearly of the dead of winter.
But one solitary evergreen stands alone and shouts life.
This Tree Spoke to My Heart
I noticed it for the first time today as I was returning home from my walk.
It’s odd to see a pop of deep green in the midst of winter gray and brown. A cluster of evergreens, yes. But one solitary evergreen shouting life in the dead of winter … well, it spoke to my heart.
One solitary life changed me forever and gave me eternal life. His name is Jesus.
I believe the Lord is calling us to be that solitary life, when necessary, to bring life — His life — into the barrenness of the world. Unafraid. Steadfast. Immovable. The days are darker than I can ever remember. Evil has been unleashed creating fear and confusion, despair and anxiety.
We are called to be Christ-Bearers, the hands, and feet of Jesus … messengers of life.
Be life in the dead places.
Life in the broken places.
Life where no hope can be found.
There is an urgency all about us. Are we willing to declare the glory of the Lord, even if it means standing alone? This I know: the darker the darkness becomes, the brighter the Light of Christ becomes.
People are drawn to the Light.
People need the Lord.
Be Like an Evergreen, Steadfast Even in the Winter Bleak
I prefer being in a cluster of evergreens, but if necessary, I will stand alone and declare the glory of the Lord.
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58, NIV
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Sweet blessings to you,