This morning I noticed three trees along the street where I was driving. It’s not that I haven’t noticed them before, but today, they stood out to me in a greater way, a new way.
The first tree I saw was very full and green. There was much life in it and I paid particular attention as to how it and swayed effortlessly in the wind.
Right next to that tree was a tree that was bare, without any signs of life. It’s branches appeared stable, and God whispered to me to take note of how strong and grounded the trunk looked.
The third tree on the end was somewhere in between the first and second tree. Although at first it also looked bare, there were tiny green leaves beginning to emerge. Small but significant signs of life.
I’ve been thinking about these three trees all day as the Lord began speaking to me about three very distinct seasons in my own life.
The Fullness of Life Season. This season is full of the goodness of God. It’s a season of abundance, where His mercy and grace are evident, and His love overflows. Although the wind comes, it’s easy to trust that the Father will lead us.
The Barren Season. This is when all appearances of life are gone. Days seem long and dark and this is were the wrestle happens. Even though there are no appearances of life on the outside, the roots are deep. In this seasons, God is at work bringing healing and refreshing, although we often don’t always see it for what it is.
The In-Between Season. This is where God moves us from death to life, from disappointment to understanding, from sickness to healing, from despair to hope. The small buds of life that appear are full of promise and will continue to grow only when we allow ourselves to be nourished by the Living Water and the Bread of Life.
I haven’t had a day like this in a long time, where God spoke to me through nature. I wasn’t looking for it. I wasn’t even praying in the car. God showed up and opened my eyes and showed me my life through different seasons by showing me these three trees.
I believe I am in the In-Between season right now. I’ve written so much here about my hurt and pain. And you have all been so gracious with your comments and prayers. But I believe God is working in this season and He is moving me from this place into a place of fullness once again.
How about you? Are you experiencing His fullness? Are you wading through a barren season or are you somewhere in between? Please share with me in the comments and let me know how I can pray for you.
And now I continue to list the beauty that I’m finding in my every day life.
351. Iced coffee on a warm day.
352. Peppermint Oil that helps my headache.
353. My freshly groomed dog. She smells so good!
354. Arnica Gel for my achey joints.
355. Feeling the prayers of others.
356. Inspired by my surroundings.
357. How Great Thou Art!
358. I’m prone to wander, yet He goes with me.
359. A movie date with my mom and daughter.
360. The blessing of new music.
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