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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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May 21, 2014 - Like an Oak

By Jerry D. Scott

The heavy slabs of concrete in the sidewalk tilted at an angle, displaced from years of steady growth by the nearby tree. Through icy winters and hot summers, through seasons of too much rain and those of drought, that oak tree grew. It towered over the small house next to which it stood. It had withstood the assault of driving winds, the hammering beak of birds, and the boring of bugs. My best guess is that it was about 60 years old and going strong. It's still there and will most likely outlive me!

I want to be like that oak tree! The prophet Isaiah teaches us that in the power of God's Spirit we can flourish. He writes, the Lord will "provide for those who grieve in Zion — to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor" (61:3, NIV).

That passage reminds me that becoming a beautiful, strong, God-honoring Christian is a process, not an event! So much going on around us happens fast. We want quick solutions and instant answers. We hate to wait for anything — from the inconsequential momentary delay at the check-out counter; to the process of healing in our body. (At least, I do. How about you?) However, becoming an "oak of righteousness" calls for patient living in God's grace as we allow Him to work in us and on us.

Those who trust God will be known for the beauty they create, the steadiness their presence brings to the world. His Spirit exerts a powerful force in us that, over time, replaces our sinful nature with the character of Jesus Christ. As we worship Him, not just with words, but with our life, God gives us a strength that is quite aptly illustrated by the tall oak tree that stands through storm after storm! We must be willing to patiently wait on the Lord.

"I am confident I will see the Lord's goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord" (Psalm 27:13,14, NLT).

Some of the seeds we plant are like grass, growing green in a few days' time. Some are acorns growing during our lifetime into something beautiful that will be a legacy for our grandchildren. Does your vision for life include the long-term growth of an oak tree?

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

 

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