Inspired by . . . Life thru My Lens 13:52
When I’m feeling especially sad, I often go outside and talk to the trees.
Actually, I talk to God more than I talk to the trees. God talks back. And, so far, the trees have not. Although, it is possible that they are just speaking a language that I do not yet understand.
Lest you think me completely off my rocker, I was delighted to find talking trees mentioned in the Bible recently when I was pondering some of Jesus’s words in Mark 11 (more on that in another post). Oh, the talking tree? You can find it in Judges 9, if you want to go look it up.
I was blessed in the reading of this quote, from Arabah Joy’s Trust Without Boundaries, earlier this week:
"When we wake up and walk weak,
we need to be men and women who remember the gospel,
a rag-tag band who preaches it to ourselves."
I’ve been walking weak lately, in this season of grief. I have needed to remember the gospel, and preach it to myself. Arabah reminds us that although we have the blood of Eve (fallen humanity) pumping through our veins, the “antidote to being a daughter of Eve is the all-sufficient, perfect blood of Christ. His blood supersedes the blood we inherited from Eve.”
God is speaking Truth to me in this season. Through His word first and foremost, but also through His children, like Arabah, and others. God is awesome like that.
My God-talk is interrupted by the incessant bleating of a goat. I look up and see a small herd, some distance off. Zooming in with my camera I can see one little kid darting to and fro amongst the larger adults. Poor thing, he must have lost his mother. But his bleating brings to mind the words of the prophet Samuel to King Saul in 2 Samuel 15:14.
I think of my own disobedience and wonder if it resounds like the bleating of sheep in the ears of my Lord.
The bleating stops suddenly, and along with the silence a peace settles over my soul.
I remember my Redeemer.
I have been put to death with Christ on His cross,
so that it is no longer I who live,
but it is Christ who lives in me.
This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God,
Who loved me and gave His life for me. Gal 2:19-20
There is no sound of bleating sheep in my Lord’s ear. By the precious blood of Jesus, I have been cleansed of my sin and made right before God. Just as the pear tree has put on a new frock for spring, I am clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. (Col 3:12)
This is the Truth of the gospel. The Truth I must remember today, and every day.
And today, live as one redeemed.
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