A tale of two trees…

“for God sees not as man sees,
for man looks at the outward appearance,
but the LORD looks at the heart.

If a tree falls in the forest and no one’s around to hear it,
did it fall?
And likewise, if a “Christian” acclaims to be “Christian” and no one around can hear “HIM”, who’s s/he working for… really?
Faith and Works …
14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? …
26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. 
… James 2

A tale of two trees

This post started in a completely different direction yesterday [If a tree falls…], or so I had thought anyway.  As I had gazed out the kitchen window last evening, I took particular notice of two certain trees which struck me by their appearance, and I thought…

Here are two trees, both living and breathing in the Sun’s light, but one appears taller, fuller, and more pronounced in stature then the other.  “Lord, what does this say about the bigger tree and what does this mean for the lesser?”  I thought there was more favor for the bigger tree and how it showed itself strong for all the eyes to see, and less for the leaner and oddly shaped tree because it was different in its presentation and stature, appearing to deliver less fruit.  I found myself pondering on all these things and what they could mean.  So as it is the case with me, I held this thought up before God and found His answer in a direction I was not looking.  My question… “Does this shed the light on or speak to one’s witness Lord?”

‘Naturally’ I continued to see things in my own light, until…

Immediately my mind went to a recent picture I had posted of the two trees and the Sun rising between them, positioned and appearing like a candle flame…

  [When I see a candle, it speaks “unity”]

In my search to locate this certain picture in my picture library folder [or… for a better or more relevant one to post here], I found a treasure [at least to me]…

  Here’s the shift…
I could not take my eyes off this picture I had taken, and others from the same folder much like it.  At first I thought better of the fuller, bigger, more pronounced tree, until I saw the heart wrapped up in & embracing the Sun, in the now… ‘not-so-less’  tree.  And ‘more so’… how this tree in season, moves faster to the next, to fulfill its reason and purpose for living, breathing, & producing in the Sun.  Oh my God, “THANK YOU”, what a gift!

 Can you see what I see?  Doesn’t it almost look like the tree ‘with heart’ is dancing?  … I DO!

When they entered, he [Samuel] looked at Eliab [a son of Jesse] and thought, “Surely the LORD’S anointed is before Him.” But the LORD said to Samuel,

“Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him;

for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”

[1 Samuel 16:6-7]”

“… Now he [David, the youngest son of Jesse] was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.” Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward.” [1 Samuel 16:12-13]

 ‘At first I thought better of the fuller, bigger, and more pronounced, until I saw the heart wrapped up in & embracing [The Son], in the now, ‘not-so-less’ one. And ‘more so’ when one is seasoned… moves faster to the next, to fulfill its reason and purpose for living, breathing, and producing in [The Son]. Oh my God, “THANK YOU”, what a gift!’

There’s no barking up the wrong tree with God… 😉

 i am @ least!  Until that day…
…  jams4JESUS

1 Samuel 16

Samuel Goes to Bethlehem

1 Now the LORD said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and go; I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have selected a king for Myself among his sons.” 2 But Samuel said, “How can I go? When Saul hears of it, he will kill me.” And the LORD said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.’ 3 You shall invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what you shall do; and you shall anoint for Me the one whom I designate to you.” 4 So Samuel did what the LORD said, and came to Bethlehem. And the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and said, “Do you come in peace?” 5 He said, “In peace; I have come to sacrifice to the LORD. Consecrate yourselves and come with me to the sacrifice.” He also consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.

6 When they entered, he looked at Eliab and thought, “Surely the LORD’S anointed is before Him.” 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 8 Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass before Samuel. And he said, “The LORD has not chosen this one either.” 9 Next Jesse made Shammah pass by. And he said, “The LORD has not chosen this one either.” 10 Thus Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel. But Samuel said to Jesse, “The LORD has not chosen these.” 11 And Samuel said to Jesse, “Are these all the children?” And he said, “There remains yet the youngest, and behold, he is tending the sheep.” Then Samuel said to Jesse, “Send and bring him; for we will not sit down until he comes here.”

David Anointed

12 So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the LORD said, “Arise, anoint him; for this is he.” 13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came mightily upon David from that day forward.

~

James 2
Faith and Works …

14 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? 17 Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.

18 But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But are you willing to recognize, you foolish fellow, that faith without works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22 You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, “AND ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD, AND IT WAS RECKONED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS,” and he was called the friend of God. 24 You see that a man is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 In the same way, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.


Love how the Sun’s light shines through the heart of the now ‘not-so-less’ one. 🙂

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About jam4JESUS

I... 'will seek [First] the LORD my God, and I will find Him if I seek Him with all my heart and with all my soul.' Deut. 4:29 I... 'shall love the LORD my God with all my heart, with all my soul, and with all my strength.' Deut. 6:5 I... 'Trust in the LORD with all my heart, And lean not on my own understanding; In all ways... acknowledge Him, And He shall make my path straight.' Proverbs 3:5-6 I... 'remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you' 2Tim. 1:6 I... 'thank God, whom I serve... without ceasing... I... remember YOU in my prayers night and day,' 2Tim. 1:3 I... am to 'Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let my requests be made known to God' Phil. 4:6 I... KNOW: 'I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me.' Phil.4:13 'My God shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.' Phil. 4:19 'My GOD will never leave me, nor forsake me.' Heb. 13:5 JESUS so loves me, this I... KNOW
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5 Responses to A tale of two trees…

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  3. Freedomborn says:

    Hi Julie, Thank you for a wonderful message of Trust and Hope , we never give up or seek to please everybody either, love your tree analogy and yes I have shared messages about trees a few times, the Link below I have linked back to you, it is my favourite Story about trees.

    Blog Post – http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2012/08/10/we-dont-ever-give-up/

    Thank you for sharing and God bless you greatly .

    Christian Love from both of us Anne.

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    • jams4JESUS says:

      THANK YOU ANNE! I LOVED your post… it was BEAUTIFUL & in Perfect Timing! If anyone out there needs an encouraging word… read “We Don’t Ever Give Up”.

      God Bless you Anne!
      julie

      “Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14

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