Don't you sometimes feel like you are sitting out on the limb of a tree? Sometimes that limb seems strong while other times it feels like a strong breeze would snap the limb right out from underneath you and send you tumbling.
Each of us have problems that we face. It may be something that is happening at your job or an unexpected turn in your career. It may be an issue at home or with your extended family. It may be with friends, like having to determine whether or not a friendship with someone is worth your time and energy. Money and debt are common denominations in a lot of people's problems. This world can be difficult to live in especially with everything gong on around us and all the hate that seems to make the headlines these days.
These problems and stresses make our limb feel brittle and weak. We think we are going to fall at any moment in time. Our limb might break and we will fall only to barely catch ourselves on a lower branch that is even weaker than the one we started on.
If we trust in God we know that our limb will never break. It may bend, it my sway in the breezes of life, but it will never break. With God our tree of life is rooted strong and deep. Every branch and every leaf thrive. The world can not shake us out of our trees.
So stop for a moment. Sit up on our limb. Take a look at the world around you. Enjoy the people, places, and things around you. Feel the breeze on your face and the sunlight on your hands. Reach up and pick fruit from your tree because all of our trees bear fruit. Fruit of the spirit.
We need to trust in God that no matter what stresses us, what hurts us, what makes us feel like we are going to fall is never as powerful as the love of the Lord.
May the Lord bless you and keep you and may he make his face to shine upon you and wrap you in love. May your tree continue to grow because of his love.