Friday, January 10, 2014

The Cedars of Lebanon

"The trees of the Lord are full of sap; the cedars of Lebanon, which he hath planted;" - Psalm 104:16 (KJV)

As I was driving to the store this morning, I was feeling distraught. You see, we've recently stepped out in faith and have quit our jobs, expecting the Lord to provide for us. Now, don't get me wrong; we aren't just being lazy. We believe the Lord has called us into full-time ministry and that He expects us to be ready to go minister at any moment. So, we spend our time praying and reading the Bible and ministering when and where we can.

But it hasn't been easy. Every second is a fight of faith and it's hard to believe for provision when our senses tell us things are bleak. But we press on.

And that's the battle I was fighting this morning as I drove. Then the Lord showed me the trees and asked me what I saw.

"Dead trees," I said. After all, it's winter. The dull brown wood is clearly visible this time of year. No leaves. No life.

"They may look dead," the Lord replied. "But they aren't. They're just waiting for the right time to spring forth."

"Yes," I concurred. "But they are only responding to the weather. They are reacting to the forces around them."

Suddenly, the Lord turned my head and I saw a coniferous tree. (I'm not sure exactly what kind.) While not bright green like the other trees would be come spring, it hadn't lost its leaves. In the midst of those leaveless, brown trees, it looked alive.

"Not that one," He said. "It's green year-round. Sure, it may not be the most beautiful trees. But it is the most honored."

I thought of how we use these trees at Christmas. We bring them in from the cold forest and place them in a position of honor in the house. We decorate them with their prettiest and brightest decorations. We string colorful lights on them and place gifts at their feet. We adorn their heads with the brightest, most significant decoration, whether it be a star or an angel or a beautiful bow.

"Be like that tree," the Lord said. "Don't worry about making yourself something beautiful. Just make sure you're in a position to bless others and they will give you a place of honor."

And so, while I'm still not sure how God is going to do it, I'm absolutely certain that He is going to do it.

Would you agree with us in prayer that we will continue to stand faithful, no matter the circumstances? We are fully expecting to have an exciting praise report soon!