Thursday, 24 March 2011

Lollipop Trees!

 About 8 or 9 years ago I went through some counciling and I can     remember at one stage when my councilor and I were praying and she said for me to be still and quiet and listen and that God would show me a picture or scripture of how He sees me.  I felt quite daft but kept quiet and tried not to think of anything else and slowly but surely a picture formed in my mind.  It was of a young sapling tree planted by the river.   I saw how the sapling bent with the wind and the storms but did not break.   
Its stem was flexible and the reason for this was because it was planted on the river bank.  God showed me that the tree was me.  That turmoil and hurt will bend me but because I am planted at the stream of living water, Jesus my Lord and Saviour, I would not break.  It was eye-opening for me.  It showed me that the more we seek the living waters of Christ through His word and through prayer, the more able we will be to handle the storms that come our way.  Picture that as the tree grows, it does'nt bend as much anymore!

Soon after that, my quiet time lead me to Psalm 1:1-3
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful;  But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night.  HE SHALL BE LIKE A TREE PLANTED BY THE RIVERS OF WATER, THAT BRING FORTH ITS FRUIT IN ITS SEASON, whose leaf also shall not wither;  and whatever he does shall prosper.

This is the reason why lollipop trees mean so much to me.  Especially those that bare fruit.  My home is full of them, lollipop tree ornaments, lollipop tree sandblasted at my front door.  They are there to remind me!

My encouragement to you is to hold onto those pictures or scriptures or meanings that God has given to you so when you are going through something hard and hurtful, you know He is right there with you and is working in you because He loves you.

God bless
TKT

2 comments:

  1. I love that, how come you never told me that?
    Glad the whole commenting thing is working for us both now.

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  2. Tracy, Beautiful!!! I mean so thankful you shared this with me! I have a thing with the tree verses of the Bible. I have also pondered that verse and also another fave of mine from the Book of Jeremiah (My live verses kind of that God gave me...Chapter 17
    7 “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
    whose confidence is in him.
    8 He 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.”
    God used these verses and the chapter to correct my thinking...early in my walk. But I am stubborn, strong willed and slow to learn- so that has caused me to experience and grapple with His way or mine...but He is Faithful - and me, grateful! Thanks my friend AND think I will link up since a random post is ok (right?) on lollipop Wednesday! I mean Winsome Wednesday!

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