Traveling the same road for years to the store are some areas that have taken a hit as far as progress goes. As if time stands still many houses are old and run-down. Most likely families have remained never moving anywhere else. This is the deep- south where life is slower; people are generational but true to their heritage.
One particular house has always caused me to look a little deeper.
With white painted wood on the outside, it is rather dilapidated and old. It has potential, but definitely needs a lot of TLC. The structure isn’t what catches the eye but the front yard.
A chain linked fence that once use to go around the house is bent and partially gone. Covering the fence is a massive dead tree uprooted from the ground. The limbs extend over much of the yard revealing the demise was long before we arrived 6 years ago.
The size of this tree is so large the culprit that took it down had to have been a tornado or most likely a hurricane that blew in from the coast. No one has made any effort to remove it even though it is an eyesore. Who knows if it was too costly or a reminder of days past; whatever the reason I am always curious as to the story behind it.
Driving past it yesterday I sensed the evil that extracted the roots of such a colossal plant. Power so strong the ground probably shook when it fell.
However on either side of this plot of land home to this ugly dead tree, was an upgrade of life. A few flowers here and there, with some shrubs or plants lining the area. Not a huge bump of landscape but enough to notice.
David, the unlikely aggressor took to the stage of the Philistine’s mockery and came out swinging. Unafraid, the sheep herder picked up stones and vowed to end this 40 day display of arrogance & taunting.
David didn’t look at the Philistine. He set his gaze beyond the giant and saw his God.
Placing his faith in the God of Israel, he knew before he threw the stones the fight was already over. The Philistine and his armored militia never saw the curtain fall on their bad acting.
Just like the ugly dead tree, God surrounds evil with his good. The appearance of a “shroud of doom” covering our land, are the “David’s” who are resting in the shadow of the Almighty waiting to trample the great lion and the serpent.
We as Christians must do as David did and look past, over, around or under the destruction that blocks our way. What we see is temporary; what is unseen is eternal.
We have the same God David did.
2 Chronicles 20: 15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s.”
No matter how many “Goliath’s” are out there, God is bigger than all of them. Trust him to give you a sling shot and the ability to carry out his purposes.
What are you waiting for? Go find your rocks.
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