This tree fascinates me. It has obviously been uprooted. You can even see the stone from the riverbank it brought with it when it flipped. Yet the tree hasn’t died. It is still flourishing as you can see from the photos below.
This tree makes me think about my faith and how my faith is rooted. We are told to build strong foundations on solid ground so we can weather any storm. This tree obviously had a root system established yet has been battered and blown. However it has such a root system established that it survived the storms by having roots running deep.
This is what I need in my faith. Even when I am blown over in a storm. My roots need to be firm in Christ forever. He sustains me and helps me grow.
So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Colossians 2:6-7 NIV
Let my roots be deeply planted Only in Christ Spread so far That if I become uprooted My faith will not crumble
Let my roots keep me flourishing Bearing fruit Constantly growing So any storm that comes my way Never fazes me
Keep my roots in you alone Jesus Building me up Keeping me strong For all the glory goes to you With every breathe I take
A Sunday morning poetry reflection inspired by 1 Kings 19:11 – 13
And he said, “Go out and stand on the mount before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore the mountains and broke in pieces the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. And after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire the sound of a low whisper. And when Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And behold, there came a voice to him and said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
1 Kings 19:11-13 ESV
A gentle whisper That is how you came Not in the powerful wind Earthquake or fire But gently whispering
A whisper so peaceful A presence so identifiable No doubt That it is only God touching earth
Your power, your strength So strong, yet so gentle There is no way to ignore Your presence as a whisper Passing by
Your whisper Your strength and power Now lives in us Through your Holy Spirit Still powerful and true
A power not to be taken frivously Taking God for granted His spirit Living in us Whispering tremendous power
Power that rose Jesus From death to life For us to live Not in the grave But joyous in victory
No situation to big or small God whispers Let me do this And break the chain So you can walk with me freely
It's not about us It's all about you We humbly walk with God the father Jesus the son The Holy Spirit Living in us Keep our eyes on you Our hearts beating as yours Acting justly Showing mercy Humbly walking Doing God's will Not looking for praise That points to us But only to the father above
Good Friday. The day every one that doesn’t have a relationship with Jesus asks what is so good about it? Stick around there are a few days left of the story.
The crowd that was cheering Only days ago Singing Hosanna Now are jeering Scoffing, mocking Calling for your death
Crucify they say Stirred up by the priests Oh what a threat You were to their lives They didn't care about God Just putting on a show
My voice of sin Is in the mocking crowd Do you look me in the eye As you pause with your heavy load I cannot watch this horrid scene And run to hide at home
As the day went black The sun disappeared It is finished your final breath As the tears from loved ones flow The curtain torn in two No more barriers between us
The toughest soldiers of them all Stirred, touched, amazed Surely this was the son of God Uttered from his lips Buried in a cave The stone to seal your grave
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.” And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son of God!” There were also women looking on from a distance, among whom were Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. When he was in Galilee, they followed him and ministered to him, and there were also many other women who came up with him to Jerusalem. Mark 15:33-41 ESV
This week’s Five minute Friday prompt word is Time. You can join in the fun here: https://fiveminutefriday.com As a writing community we write for 5 minutes(ish) no perfection or edits, the words just flow. #fiveminuteFriday
Tick tock On the clock What are we doing today Are we wasting time Making the most of time With all the chores to be done
Are we spending our time wisely Or wasting it away Daydreaming Wondering what could of been Not moving on
Are we wishing for a better time Expecting perfect Normality again Not living in the now Counting all our blessings
Do we take the time In person or virtually To see loved ones Or visit them Whatever the sign of the times
Will we seize the moment today Not taking time for granted Making the most of our time Secular or spiritually Putting Christ before everything.