The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”
“Look for Him! He is there Debbie, don’t you see?” she said. I thought to myself” what is she talking about?”. All I visually perceived were trees and grass, miles and miles with a never ending road, not much vehicle nor civilization in sight. Well, that was what I thought. She insisted and became somewhat persistent . “God is trying to speak to you” she said. I was in a different mode and a different zone at that moment, the last thing I wanted to do was look at trees. The moment I heard God wanted to speak to me I shifted my attention a bit. She said “look at the trees” I decided to look not knowing it would be a profound life changing experience.
When I looked I saw trees of all different sizes and I also saw that the elements of nature caused changes which altered it’s appearance. Immediately! as I held up my head I saw a particular group of trees that were together, something caught my eyes. There was a tree that was BIG, green and had so much life to it. Adjacent to it was another tree that had leaves on it, which varied in colors. Although it had green leaves you could see that it was going through some changes because some of the leaves were dead and they were falling off. In the midst of those two trees was a very small tree that had no sign of life to it. It looked dry, brittle, weak and fraile.
Something that stood out to me was the fact it was standing. I could not understand why it was not dead. Not only was it standing; but it was by itself and there was not even one leaf left on that tree. At that moment I began to relate with that tree. Lonely, an outsider, no sign of life, square peg in a round hole etc. So I thought. We continued on our journey. “Can you see it now Debbie?” By this time tears were flowing down my face I could actually see. I realized that the moment I opened up to what the Lord had to say it felt like scales were removed from my eyes. An overwhelming feeling of brokenness came over me.
My mind became flooded with God’s promises, little did I know there was more in store of how God used nature to minister to me through this woman of God.