We’ve lost a lot of trees lately. Tiny leaves were just breaking out of the one in this picture when it stooped over, without warning, and dove into the lake – right where the dock would have been come summer. Then the tops of two more twisted off in a wild wind, barely missing the house. Another broke off 15 feet in the air before crushing the rhododendrons below.
Every one of those trees looked fine before it fell. There was nothing to warn us of the rot inside. But each was nearly hollow from the ground to the place where they broke off, unable to bear the weight above.
It makes me wonder – how strong am I, on the inside? When the floods or the winds come along – will I stand under the weight and the pressure? Where does my strength come from?
I’ve gathered a few passages from Scripture that speak of how we find real strength, even when we are empty inside. Look some of them up and ponder them a while (there are brief excerpts below; click on the links to get the whole thing).
What do they say? What do they mean? And what is the Lord saying to you through them? Share what you learn here if you like; I’d love to know.
- Psalm 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength”
- Isaiah 40:28-31 “Those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength”
- 2 Timothy 1:7 “For God did not give us a spirit not of fear but a spirit of power and love and self-control”
- Ephesians 6:10-18 “Be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God…”
- James 1:2-8 “The testing of your faith produces steadfastness”
I close with this prayer for you, taken from St. Paul’s prayer for the Ephesians in chapter 3:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with might through his Spirit in the inner man, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have power to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fulness of God.
Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, for ever and ever. Amen.
© 2015 Sarah Christmyer.