I have my morning prayer time at the kitchen window. For days I’ve been observing that there is a sliver of dry bark on a couple of large trees along the edge of our driveway. I kept thinking, “There’s a lesson here somewhere!”
Initially, I thought the sun was rising and drying up that side of the tree. Makes sense.
And then tonight as I took a break from walking and sat on the front steps, I looked over at those tall oaks. I observed the sun beginning to set on my left. I looked from tree to sun and back again.
The sun was setting on the “dry side” of the trees. So that mean the sun was rising each morning at the back of those trees, but they were drying on the opposite side…in advance of the sun reaching them!
There was the lesson and in God’s perfect timing!
Charles Spurgeon wrote the following about his friend, George Muller…
“When I was conversing lately with our dear friend, George Muller, he frequently astonished me with the way in which he mentioned that he had for so many months and years asked for such and such a mercy, and praised the Lord for it, as though he actually obtained it. Even in praying for the conversion of a person, as soon as he had begun to intercede, he began also to praise God for the conversion of that person. I think he told us he had in one instance he had already prayed for thirty years and the work was not yet done, yet all the while he had gone on thanking God, because he knew the prayer would be answered.”- C.H. Spurgeon
Now… if you’re the analytical type, you will reason that the dark, moist bark was due to the cool forage covering and you’d probably be just right.
But… I love God’s creativity. He used just a couple of trees with a very unique appearance to remind me that I need to pray – expectantly.
For His glory,