Monday, September 28, 2015

From God's Vantage Point~

One winter,
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 God's hand at work in my own life.

Seasons - the ebb and flow of life.

Seasons of
new life,
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 God 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 leave us void of life?

Where is God then?

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 its branches, the underlying bark was concealed.

Now, on display for all to see,
this tree was 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.

Are you walking through a season of fall or winter in your life?

If so, don't for one minute think God has abandoned you.
Don't allow the cold winds and the stagnant growth to convince you He is not there or He is no longer working in your situation.

He is there, and chances are, He is up to something glorious.

Trust Him.
Trust in the One who can redeem this season of barrenness in your life and make it count.

Chances are,
from His vantage point,
you are beginning to shine like gold.~

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