[CF Devotionals] 2016-09-14 - Patching

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A young tree in our yard had a part of its tender trunk sliced with a trimming device. For as long as I can remember, I have been enamored by nature and almost all of the living aspects of it. I say almost, because there are some critters that disturb me upon direct contact, yet because of the magnificence of creation, I can still appreciate their part in the whole. With that in mind, you should know that I was absolutely mortified by the accidental damage to our little maple tree. From the point of being a tiny seedling that began to grow in our yard, to my putting it in a flower pot for an entire season until it was a bit more mature, I have watched it grow until finding a spot and planting it in the yard. I put some wire portable fence pieces around it, to keep it protected, and found a tree mat to put around the base, for the same reason. Since going to great lengths to care for the tree, you can imagine my dismay at my unintended carelessness. I immediately went and found some duct tape to put around the sliced area, to allow the tree to continue to get water and the nourishment it needed to stabilize. Not only did it make it, but now it has sprouted new limbs below the point of impact. The former ones above there have died, but the tree is going to make it, and looks fairly close to the same size as before the whole incident took place. What a beautiful illustration of how God’s coming into our hearts changes us, from that moment forward.

After we have come to know of God’s saving grace, and our being lost without him, it’s as if that former part of ourselves that often got in the way of our being in his will slowly dies, and we become a new creation. We are still the same soul He created, but we are renewed as was our maple tree. What a wonderful sacrifice God made for us. It makes me think of a Chris Tomlin song I enjoy so much, called “Wonderful Maker”. The chorus goes like this:

What a wonderful Maker
What a wonderful Savior
How majestic Your whispers
And how humble Your love
With the strength like no other
And the heart of a Father
How majestic Your whispers
What a wonderful God

I am so grateful for God’s making a way for me to be with Him always, my Wonderful Maker.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” (2 Corinthians 4:16 NIV)

“… and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Colossians 3:10 NIV)

“… he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit,…” (Titus 3:5 NIV)

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 NIV)

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted