The Little Pine Tree

A Story of a Lonely Pine Tree and a Little Boy

Archive for the month “January, 2014”

It’s Raining!

tumblr_ls3dk0S0nS1qcg3zwo1_500It’s raining! Some of my worst memories as a child. Those days that were depressingly gloomy and boring. Don’t we all detest the feeling of boredom? Of course the Little Pine Tree must have felt the same way since the continuous downpour of water kept all his friends away. The birds, huddled in their nest, the foxes in their dens the bunnies in their holes. All waiting for the rain to stop. Even the Carpenter’s boy stayed at home. But why? isn’t our God a good and loving God? Indeed He is. So if rain is good and boredom is bad what is my problem?

The problem is a limited perspective. As a child my whining complaints of boredom only elicited a reprimand from my parents, usually my mother. No creative alternatives offered other than a stern encouragement to play with the many toys I had received from “Santa” that previous Christmas. So what does God say about boredom? First, let’s understand what the definition of the word “boredom” is:

Boredom = A state of malaise close to anxiety, a feeling of emptiness

I believe if we take a moment to see what the Bible has to say we’ll find a number of answers. One that immediately comes to mind is Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This sure is a great answer. It is the solution the Lord has created for us when its raining. It a time to look to God, to pray and bring our bored heart to Him with thanksgiving. Unfortunately my mother only pointed me to worldly solutions. And as we grow up that’s exactly what we run to, yet with the same unsatisfactory result.

So if its raining in your neck of the woods or forest, as was the case for the Little Pine Tree, obey what our loving Savior has to say through the scriptures. Present your request to God with thanksgiving and He’ll take your boredom away, even if its raining.

Shalom

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Does God Have Have a Plan for Me?

nature_trees_autumn_season_alone_roads_m15122The pressures of life begin gnawing at us from the time we’re born. While some are born with incredible gifts or talents (which allow them to avoid many problems) we all look for ways to escape them. So while focussing on solutions our attention is averted from the purpose we may truly have, God’s plan. The little pine tree questioned his purpose, set apart from all the other trees in the forest. He was faced with troubles that seemed insurmountable. Problems that seemed to have no purpose at all and  that only  made him sad.

Is that how it is for you? If it is, it doesn’t have to be. You can rest during tough times, no matter how difficult. You don’t have to find your own way out of your problems. Sure, you may fall out of favor with associates, friends and family but in order to see the plan God has for your life you have to let go and trust Him.

The words of a 40 year old song come to mind as I’m writing this today. They may be familiar to you as well, written by Carole King.

“If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds and that old north wind should begin to blow, keep your head together and call my name out loud. Soon I will be knocking upon your door”

Jesus could  very well have written these words, as a matter of fact I believe He did in Jeremiah 33:3. So stop wondering about God’s will or plan for your life. Just stop trying to create a life absent of things that cause pressure. Just keep your head together and call His name out loud, Jesus.  Because you’re one of His, he’ll hear you and soon He’ll come knocking upon your door, leading you in the way, into the plan He has for you.

Don’t Fear God!

cross-and-sky_1084_1024x768But doesn’t the Bible say to fear the Lord and obey him? Yes it does, but it doesn’t mean what you think. The Hebrew word for fear is a noun not a verb and it means to have a spirit of reverence towards. Don’t ask me why the english translators picked fear, I may look into it and post the answer at another time.

But one thing I do know is that obedience to God, from what we misinterpret as  a verb to “fear”  God, is not His will.

Most Christians  have grown up towing the line, being obedient, out of fear of their parents or a “fear” of God. What a contrast to what our heavenly Father truly wants. So what does He want? Well I say that what He wants is our obedience through His supernatural transformation of our hearts because we’ve chosen to know in the deepest way His love for us. And that is His will.

The word of God says that Perfect Love (God’s love) cast out ALL of our fears because with fear comes torment or punishment. (Paraphrase 1 John 4:18)

And since the Bible is clear that Jesus took our punishment on the cross, and He commands us (Christians) not to fear, God desires us to enjoy His peace, the peace of God that Jesus Himself had, a peace that passes all natural understanding. Focus on seeking to know His love for you and do not fear. Obedience to Him will come, trust Him…it will.

A Child’s Heart

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I love a child’s heart. Innocent, inquiring and sometimes a little impish.  Jesus loves a childs heart…as you read The Little Pine Tree you will find out why.

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