I’ve had a verse for 2017. I keep coming back to it, time after time. I stumbled across it one morning at the beginning of the year, and it spoke straight to the hurting places of my heart. I knew that it wouldn’t just help me through that one day but for many more to come, and so I placed a small post-it note on the page and I’ve had it sticking out of my Bible ever since.
Isaiah 55:13 –
Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow. Where nettles grew, myrtles will spout up. These events will bring great honour to the Lord’s name; they will be an everlasting sign of his power and love.
The verse didn’t become important to me until I had done my research. I pulled out one of my mum’s hardback books about trees and looked up both cypress trees and myrtles. It was then that I learned that both of them are evergreens.
Evergreen trees don’t lose their leaves in the colder seasons. They stay green. They remain full.
What’s hurting you right now? What, when you think about it, causes your heart to ache? Where in your life have thorns and nettles started to grow? Perhaps they’ve been accumulating over a long period of time – growing thick and fast, and so much so that you’re not even sure how you’re ever going to get rid of them.
Well friends, let me encourage you with the verse that’s been keeping me going for so many months now. God sees the hurting places, and he’s pulling up His garden gloves and making himself comfortable in that exact area right now. He’s getting ready to weed out the thorns and nettles and He’s planning on preparing the soil for some evergreen trees that will grow tall and strong.
The weeding process always hurts. It usually involves big changes in your life – changes that aren’t easy to understand or explain. But know that the Gardener at work is one who can be trusted. He sees the plan for your entire life, not just for this very season, and He knows exactly what you need.
Sooner than you think, evergreen trees will stand in what was once the weeded, dark and painful area of your life. They’ll become part of your story, revealing God’s great and everlasting glory.