“Whosoever does not bear his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple”Luke 14. 27
It’s just a tree. Gnarled, twisted, battered by the winds… but still standing.
A bit like you and I have often felt….
We all endure our share of storms in one way or another, we all get conflict and some of us at some point in life will know pain and agony in our mortal bodies, some will fall victim of wrong doers, some will be found guilty of a crime they didn’t commit… do you remember the story of Joseph?
Joseph sold into slavery by his brothers out of envy. Joseph falsely accused by his master’s wife and turn, turn again promoted to high office and power by Pharaoh, Joseph who became the rescuer of those same brothers and his fathers whole family. Joseph who being begged for forgiveness by those same brothers, said simply this:-
“You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good”
I have been reflecting on the picture because I see Jesus Body borne on the cross in it…. I think I shall go on reflecting on it for a very long time and praying that when troubled, and when assailed by that oft asked question
“Why me Lord? What have I done to deserve this?”
That I shall remember these words also:-
“All things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”Romans 8.28
If you would,
Give me Grace, and fortitude
That blown about in the Gales of Conflict,
To just hang on and take it. Courage,
Lord to withstand Howling Storm – bitterest grief
And pain of every kind.
Grant me the sweet, sweet, love and compassion
Of Joseph, and of other Cross Bearers before me
Most of all, grant that I also may be ‘conformed’
To the image of your most dear son,
That most Beautiful of men,
Jesus Christalways Jean
Like an apple tree among the trees of the woods,
So is my beloved among the sons.
I sat down in his shade with great delight,
And His fruit was sweet to my taste.Song of Solomon 2:3
All scriptures are from NKJV