Thursday, February 23, 2012

From God's Vantage Point~ {Heartprint Hallelujahs Friday Link Up}

As I sat waiting in the car, I just happened to look up. 


To the naked eye, I suppose it would have resembled bare branches on a tree, but, not from where I sat.

From my vantage point,
the sun had transformed these barren branches, stripped of any sign of life, into pure gold.

It was in this light, I saw the heartprint of God.

Seasons - the ebb and flow of life.

Seasons of hope, fruitfulness, barrenness and death.

It's not hard to see God in the blossoms of Spring.
It's not difficult to feel God in the warmth of the Summer sun.

But, where is He in the Fall and Winter of our life -
     when cold winds blow and dreams crumble up and fall to the ground?
     when periods of darkness strip us bare and leaves us void of life?

He is seated at the refiner's table.

I'll refine them as silver is refined,
test them for purity as gold is tested.
Then they'll pray to me by name
and I'll answer them personally.
I'll say, 'That's my people.'
They'll say, 'God—my God!'
~ Zechariah 13:9, NLT

 It was only after this tree had suffered through the winter season that I was able to see it's hidden beauty. 

As long as leaves of green adorned it's branches, the underlying bark of these limbs was concealed. 

 Now, on display for all to see, they were radiant in the afternoon sun.

It is the same with you and me. 

It it only after we are stripped of
all that is sinful,
all that is superficial,
all that is merely for show,
that the hidden beauty of "Christ in us" is revealed.

It is only after we have suffered through
      the Fall of self-denial and
     the Winter of affliction
that we are refined into His likeness.

Jesus loves us just the way we are, but, He loves us too much to allow us to stay that way. 

When all we can see is barrenness and death, God sees what we will one day be.

From His vantage point, we are beginning to shine like gold~

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  1. Stacy, amazingly beautiful post! I felt myself being stripped down to beneath the superficial, the show to my barren self for Him. He is so good to us . . . God knows what we will become even when we can't stop long enough to see it. I thank him for you each time I stop by and read your heartfelt words.

  2. My dad just sent me that verse. God knew I needed to read it again :) What a beautiful reminder that although we may think God has left us in our barreness, He is just preparing us for our fruitfulness.

  3. You certainly caught that tree at just the right time. May we ever shine like Gold for Jesus!


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