Yes, it is the new year of 2012 and yes, this ends up being a blog to encourage you in this new year ahead, but I didn’t set out this morning to write this-it just came out of something I do as a morning routine…every day of the year.
I flipped to one of the many bookmarks in my Bible this morning to the book of Job. I know, I know-heavy stuff, but there is much to be gained in studying the inspiring life of someone, who in the midst of intense trial and sufferings, never turned his heart against God. What an example of an overcomer!
I began reading where my bookmark left me last out of Job 14, but found myself going into slow-motion speed when I landed at verses 7-9:
“For there is hope for a tree, when it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and its shoots will not fail. Though its roots grow old in the ground, and its stump dies in dry soil, at the scent of the water, it will flourish and put forth sprigs like a plant.”
Hope. Tree. Cut down. Sprout again. Shoots will not fail. Roots grow old. In the ground. Stump dies. Dry soil. Scent of water. FLOURISH. Sprigs!
This is a message of hope! There is a traditional woodland management technique called, “coppicing” where trees are cut down to their stump after a certain period of time because of the new growth that awaits it and will spring forth out of it. When we look at a tree being cut down and a stump sitting bare and dead-it can appear that there is no life ahead for it. But what lies hidden and underneath the surface is what will keep hope alive for the stump to become a tree again-it’s roots.
Maybe you have felt like a tree that was once strong and secure, yet something, someone, some life situation has come and you find yourself cut down, vulnerable, discouraged and in need of vision for the hope of what’s ahead. It’s time to get to your roots! It’s time to look at what you have been watering your thoughts and heart with? Is it life-giving? Scent of water? Last I checked water doesn’t have a scent, but roots have a way of sniffing out any signs of life nearby. Water brings growth. Our souls need to be watered too each day by a supernatural water from heaven of God’s word.
This new year of 2012, I believe will be marked by this word-FLOURISH. My encouragement to you today is to not see with natural eyes looking at a tree cut down, but instead see a stump offering life and hope of the sprigs yet to come! May you be blessed this year with a harvest of flourishing in every area of your life!