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A Beautiful Spring Tree of Hope

I was having a prayer walk when God impressed upon me to look at a fully blooming pink and white tree. I immediately was drawn to see that half of the bloom flowers are on the ground still beautiful and full of color, and half of the bloom flowers are still on the tree. It was one of the most beautiful sights! The Holy Spirit brought the words of Jesus to my mind. “Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24, NLT).

God was reminding me just how beautiful life is, and when we know Him as Lord and Savior our ending to go to heaven will be even more beautiful. God has called us to be in this world for such a time as this. We can trust Him that He will take care of our every need. So many of us are mourning for loved ones, close friends, or even distant unknowns. Grieving is hard. And we will go through the grief cycle sometimes many times a day as we hear about very sad and hard situations. But may we remember this: God has a welcoming party and feast for those coming to their true home in heaven. It will be glorious!

Those of us left behind, God has us on a pause button to stay and do a NEW thing for Him. I encourage you to seek Him for what you might need to change for the rest of your life. We should not long for the old but look forward to the new. “For unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:24).

What has Covid-19 changed in your life? What areas need to die, so God can produce fruit from you? As we seek this new season together, let us pray how we can be effective for the Lord in ways we never thought possible. For God is the God of the impossible!!! He loves to do things beyond our thinking. He is the miracle worker. When this season passes, let us not just go back to our same old ways. Let us continue to move in the new things God has challenged us to do during this season.

Lord, thank you for today!! I ask you to comfort my sisters in Christ that have lost someone in this sad season of Covid-19. Please help them to get done all the things that need to get done and guide them step-by-step. And for us who are waiting on the season to be over, let us consider the new and honor the old. What do you have for the church? How can we think differently? Lord we do not want to hit the rock like Moses did twice (Numbers 20: 1-20) and not enter the promise land. In obedience to You, we want to do things your way, not our own way - speaking to the rock, not hitting it - and believing you for the new miracles you have at hand for us. We love you Lord. Help us live in the New!

Today’s Bible reading: John 12:20-36

By Tyla Kozub

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