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Topic: Trees (12/05/05)
TITLE: Rose Tree
By James Clem
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I know I knowÖ ďThis is the day that the Lord has made,Ē but God, I just donít feel like rejoicing. I am just so frustrated!
Todayís sermon was all about us being like trees planted by the water. God, Iím not a tree. Look at my life - thereís no fruit; anybody dependent on me would starve to death.
Iím not a tree. Iím a what? a bush? a shrub? a weed maybe? Letís just be honest about it, Iím not a tree, Iím a thorn bush.
I get impatient. I get angry. I get jealous. Anyone who tries to get close to me gets jabbed by one of my thorns.
Lord, I want to be a tree. I want people to find comfort in my shade, protection under my branches. I want them to find fresh fruit growing within easy reach.
My leaves should be a healthy green and not wither under the relentless heat of the sun. I should stand tall swaying gently in the wind and not break under its assault. My roots should be connected to the deep wellspring of Living Water.
Why am I a thorn bush?
When I accepted you as Lord of my life, I was supposed to be a new creation, but I still have thorns. Why? I want to be a tree!
My Child, I created you. I know what you are. Only I can make a tree. You are a precious rose in my garden. As you begin to bloom, your beauty and fragrance will draw others to Me. With time and careful attention, your thorns will be dulled and will no longer be harmful to others.
I have a great plan for you Ė greater than you can imagine. If you truly allow Me to be your Gardener, I will shape you into something the world has never seen Ė a Rose Tree.
Many will be drawn to you and they will know that you were shaped by Me. Your branches will provide shade and protection. Fruit and rosebuds will both adorn your limbs. Your roots will drink of the Living Water to sustain the harshest of droughts.
You belong to Me. I am the Gardener and you are my precious little thorn bush.
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