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Hope through the snow-covered trees.

It was officially spring and snowflakes fell from the billowy gray skies. Flake by flake, the white snow piled up along the streets and filled the air with a majestic aroma. Inside my home I stood with my back turned to the fireplace and my hands pressed into the warm heat. With my head tilted to the left I just stared out my front window becoming hypnotized by the snow. In deep thought, I began to wonder about the beautiful cherry blossom tree that stands in front of my window. The tree was blanketed with several inches piled upon her branches. The branches were becoming heavy and looked weary, like they were going to break. As a bystander and through my perfect view, I could see the tree was on the brink of blooming. I could see underneath the blanket of snow where the blossoms were days away from exploding into beautiful blossoms. I wondered if the tree wanted to quit for the year and give up and die.

But I knew trees are resilient and this snow wouldn’t break her.

In that moment the Lord gave me a word picture. In my circumstances I feel like that cherry blossom tree where the snow blankets my life and the temptation to quit whispers into my soul.

But just like I could see the hope of blossoms about to bud on that tree, so can God see the miracle about to come through in my life.

All I feel is the weight of the snow and my branches are heavy, but God sees the whole picture and I believe miracles are upon the horizon. The weary quit before they see the miracle. The steadfast pray through the trials and trust in the Lord to show his faithfulness.

Today, I went out and stood under that tree with my head held towards the sky.  In all her beauty I soaked in the fully blossomed tree as a reminder that quitters aren’t the ones who experience the other side of heartache. The steadfast see His faithfulness, they experience the miracle.

 “But blessed are those who trust in the Lord

   and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.

They are like trees planted along a riverbank,

   with roots that reach deep into the water.

Such trees are not bothered by the heat

   or worried by long months of drought.

Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7-8


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