Trees and Storms

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Memories on FB showed me something I wrote after the hurricane in 2016. That was also just a few weeks before Don died. Little did I know that in the next two years I would have to apply that “thinking” in my own life.

I decided to create a visual. The trees in this picture have withstood not just the hurricane in 2016 but another in 2017. They are still there today.

Death is a different sort of storm. It is, as I said in the original writing a season of drought and wind and storms.

Just like in a hurricane, it causes change in everyone around you. The roles of the relationship cease. Life is vastly different. Dynamics of family and friends change. Our very identity changes. Death is much bigger and more far reaching than the loss of a person.

BUT if we are like a tree planted by streams of Living Water, we will endure and not just endure, we can flourish. Just like these trees at Mandarin Park.

ORIGINAL THINKING: Thinking….
We had the hurricane. Seemingly healthy and sturdy trees were simply uprooted. People are helping others too.
Then reading today in Jer 17:8 They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
We can not tell by looking at a person how they really are. How deep their “roots” go. Sometimes we do have deep roots and then such a huge storm comes that we need to be “shorn up” by others too.
How does a tree get deep roots? By going through times of “drought” in part. By facing “winds” and “storms”.
The notion came to me that one reason we are instructed to “Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18) could be because just like the trees in my town, we NEED strong roots in God. Every trial, every struggle, every “drought, storm, wind” we face could be something that is sending our roots deeper and deeper into the bedrock/cornerstone which is faith in Jesus.
Be blessed in the Lord this day,
Joan

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Falling Apart Seasons

When your world is falling apart,
Or has already fallen apart,
And you don’t think you know the way,
Remember, “I AM” is THE Way.

Beloved “I AM” is with you.
I have promised never to leave you,
Or forsake you.

My presence with you,
Is not contingent on your ability,
To perceive or be aware of Me,
In any given moment.

I have said that “I AM” is Emmanuel.
(I AM is all you need and
Emmaneul is literally God With Us).

When you feel alone,
Even abandoned,
Lost or floundering,
And you do not know,
The next step much less
“The way”,
Remember one thing.
You ARE loved by “I AM”.

Life may not feel OK,
YOU may not feel OK,
In fact, in truth,
Many things may not be OK,
In your life.

But “I AM”, who is God With You,
Has told you that,
In all things you are more than a conqueror
In Christ Jesus.

And Beloved, that remains true,
Even when it seems not so.
Even when you can not sleep.
Even when you feel desperately alone,
Or lost or floundering in your faith.

Rest yourself,
All that is you,
In All that is “I AM”.
Including your inability
TO rest.
Aug 4 2018

The photo is of a dock near my house which was destroyed during a hurricane 2 years ago. Other places have been restored but this one has not been yet. Often events happen and our lives are forever changed. But restoration will come. Not to how things were but perhaps to something even better in it’s own way.

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Broken Places (Leading into Life)

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Broken Places (Leading into Life)
 
Broken Hearts
Lives Shattered
and
Torn Asunder
 
Meeting Other Hearts
(Also Wounded)
Along this Path
Called “Life”
 
Touching For a
Brief moment
Heart to Heart
Mind to Mind
Spirit to Spirit
 
United/Being Touched
Together by/with/in
The LOVE of Jesus
 
Going Forth Stronger
To Join
For Another
Brief moment
The Ones
God Places
Along the Way.
 
 
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
2 Corinthians 1:3-4