I am once again in the forested park, always stepping lightly over the earth I so love. “Lord, I see the trees and the look of spring, but help me to see what you see.” I glanced down and there were the signs, not the imprint of the deer, but the ground itself. The ground had been harden by wind and the burning sun, and now with winter’s grip broken from the land, it still, like the sun, left its mark.
Limbs from these magnificent trees lay strewn about, broken off by the fierce winds of winter. Rivulets of water make little scars upon the land as dirt gives way to the running water. Will the land recover? Yes, it will. Through many centuries the land has been beaten down by sun, rain and snow; and now faces its greatest test, the influx of man trying to create what he thinks is best for the land. Will man conquer the land? No, he will also lose his battle with the land, just the same as all the stormy elements did. Each of these have in their season a struggle with the land, always withdrawing in defeat.
As all the elements of nature have tried to win control of the land for itself, so likewise does man, as in his human nature, he also desires to control the land, nations, and his fellow man. We as a people must learn one important truth. What God has made, no man can control or put asunder. The problem, my friends, is that we will never have the peace that God intended for us to have as long as pride rules our lives. Let God rule our lives. Only then will we begin to find the answers for our lives. The blessings of life are there in Christ alone. Beloved, Christ be with you all.
Why did they mock Jesus when He healed the lame man? Why were they jealous of Jesus when He gave sight to the blind man? Why hate Him when He forgave a woman caught in sin? Every act He performed was out of love. Did they not realize that mocking led to jealousy, then to hatred? They never realized each step they took was turning their heart dark with evil. Their final act of desperation put Him on the cross to be slain in a cruel manner no man deserved.
No one realized as He hung on the cross, He was completing the plan of God, as He said, “It’s finished.” When Jesus was baptized, God spoke out of heaven and said, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.” Those gathered there at the cross, when He said, “It’s finished,” they now knew who He was.
Have we allowed our mocking and our jealousy to turn our hearts toward hatred? We still have time to ask forgiveness. God loves us and will forgive us when we ask Him. Life is worth living. He’s given us the opportunity to have a clean heart and a new beginning. Take it! Hold on to it! The best is still ahead, and be blessed.
I’ve spoken many times about the forest, about being silent, walking softly and tracking game. These are all wonderful attributes, living and moving in the natural realm. A far more important aspect of life, one that should be considered, is the footprint we leave behind for others to follow that come after us. Are we setting a good path, mind set, habit and especially memories for others to follow? Have our lives inspired children and adults alike, to carry on the calling and purpose, to help build the moral fiber for this world today? We must continue being consistent in whatever place or calling God has given, because there is always someone watching or already stepping in our footprints. May others follow us as we follow Christ, for He is our light, and steps that He took, we must follow also. Be Blessed and make clear footprints, so there are no mistakes for those who follow.
My wife and I, like thousands of other young couples when we first got married, would talk about having children. As we go forward and the seed is planted, young couples wait with joyful anticipation waiting for the birth of their first born. Looking back, it would have been nice if the hospitals had handed out baby manuals. I have to ask the question, “How is your garden growing?
That little sprout that the doctor laid in your arms, have you prepared a straight path for the child? You know, kind of nudge him in the right direction, sprinkle him with words of wisdom and encouragement, and cover with a lot of warm love. I know we have to make time for them, and that we don’t get too busy with our own lives so that the weeds of discontent or doubt grow just when they need someone to talk to. The winds of time sure have a way of trying to push them off course. As we pray for our crops in the garden, it’s much more important to pray for our children in the home. The guidance of prayer and love can give all our kids the stability and strong foundation that is needed to carry them to their future. “Father, you gave us beautiful children to love and nurture, but we sure can use your help to do the right thing at the right time. Give us guidance, but most of all show us mercy on this journey with our children.” Now if they are close by, go give them a big hug, and be blessed as you do it.