17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
2 Corinthians 5:17 (King James Version)
That sturdy tree, with its strong bark, is like God.
That tiny leaf, amidst the pine needles, is like who we are -- shy, cautious, unsure, tentative, child-like, maybe even wounded.
God is protective of His creation, for He loves us all, enough to send His Son to teach us, to save us, and to give us everlasting life.
Whoever we had been in the past, doesn't really matter much.
What matters most is who we are now, how we have become, especially if we chose to follow Christ.
We are all imperfect beings, subject to sin and error, but what really matters most is if we choose to repent, and become new in the LORD.
43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
Acts 10:43 (KJV)
Nearly 10 months ago, I chose to start a new blog, "Prophecy Lessons", as I was teaching myself many things from Scripture.
Night and day, I was being taught by the Holy Spirit, many things about Jesus, for I was intent on knowing all about Him.
Because I moved on, I left this blog you're reading now, thinking it was completely finished, and to be set aside forever, even as it had been the basis and foundation for my personal growth.
In an email I wrote to a friend today, I wrote, "In God's world, nothing is ever wasted".
And, of course, that very statement -- as many statements that come from my renewed heart -- created a new article, this one you're reading now.
Whoever you were in the past, with all your successes, or failures, those don't really define you.
What defines us all, is if we have given our hearts to the LORD.
Only the Lord would know what to do with what we have in our hearts.
Nothing is ever wasted.
All we have experienced in life, if we allow it to, can build character, not bitterness.
All our pain, our fears, our experiences, lessons learned, the humbling of our hearts -- they all serve God's purpose.
And if we offer our service to Him, as I have, we are used wonderfully, making our hearts sing with joy and excitement, at what the Lord may have us do, in His behalf.
As it was, and has forever been, it was my writing.
Now, I write about the Lord.
Now, I test everything I think, say, and do, with what Jesus said in Scripture.
All we have been, is mere grist for the mill, a necessary sifting of what is important, and what must be set aside.
Obviously, that which is important, must only serve the Lord.
That which must be set aside, is of the world.
And I am doing both, because I chose to follow Jesus, and Jesus alone.
In my desire to know God, I must read the WORD, and follow the WAY, which is both Jesus.
We all have gone through much in life, but like that beautiful image above, you can see a tiny, green leaf, peeking from the hardy, protective tree, which is God.
Such is the way to walk in Christ.
Life may not have been pretty for us, and we may all still be having a difficult time right now, but in God's world, nothing is ever wasted.
God uses what we have in our hearts, who we are, how we have become, and what we wish to accomplish, for His purpose.
The days become more beautiful, when your heart is totally offered to the Lord.
But, as always, you have to experience it for yourself, to know what I speak of.
By the GRACE of God, you will choose to only serve the Lord, and pray He shows you how to follow Him.
In that prayer, watch how God will work in your life!
Thus, this blog must be revived, for it had been my foundation, and invitation, for Christ to come into my life.
Thank you for reading this post!
May you be safe where you are and may you have the peace and happiness that only God can give!
As a welcome gift, enjoy this lovely, soothing music, if you wish!
(All verses from biblegateway.com)