Jehovah was not in the wind. And after the wind, an earthquake: Jehovah was not in the earthquake.
And after the earthquake, a fire: Jehovah was not in the fire. And after the fire, a soft gentle voice. (1Kings 19:11-12)

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Tree {#Morevember}


She sits on top of the knoll, bare for all to see. I feel awkward for her.

The show is now over and with an unpretensious surrendering she let go of her covering. She was a bold green and then as the summer matured she stepped up her display of radiance to crimson and orange, with gold the last to let go.

The wind blew and stripped her of all her dignity until she was left with bare bones, her blazing glory gone to provide only limbs for a bird to rest or a trunk for protection.

I love the elegance of the blossoming spring tree, the bountiful shade of the summer tree, and the stunning beauty of the autumn tree, but the bare tree of winter leaves me feeling exposed right along with her.

Will I be brave and let go?

Do I really have a choice?

The winds of life blow and leave me exposed.

Do I reach up toward the heavens like the many branches outstretched? Surrendering my ways to The Way.

That new hope may spring forth.

This brave tree, she continues to teach us so many things, if only we will be curious enough to look with our hearts to notice how she stands there and provides

shelter,
structure,
support,
shade,

security,
splendor,

a rough cradle

and finally a

rugged cross

to bring comfort, peace, and hope for the days to come.


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Hunting for more of God's Grace,Steadfast love and His Mercies that are new every morning in 'Morevember'.

3 gifts golden:
~the golden leaves are the last to let go with hope of spring to come
~the precious moments on the couch reading books with my little one
~the way my husband pours out his life on his knees, living, loving as a 'boring romantic'


I invite you to hunt along with me for more of His mercy and grace in #Morevember on Facebook and Twitter.

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Also linking with Five Minute Friday at Lisa-Jo's place. This week the prompt is: Tree

Officially, the rules are:

Five Minute Friday1. Write for 5 minutes  {Full disclosure: I spent a little more time on this post}
2. Link up at Lisa-Jo's  and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community...

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