His tree in this season
She becomes bare
Against His baby blue sky
“Like a child,” He says.
His truth whispers
As her leaves crumble and fall
As He nudges her to tell all
“Your story is mine,” He says
Even though other trees
When she can’t sleep
Of things she lost
If she can hang onto hope,
His Spring promise is a glorious, fragrant crown
Hosea was a prophet who not only spoke messages from God to the people. God asked Hosea to marry a woman with a propensity for sexual immorality. During their marriage, Hosea’s wife Gomer became a prostitute. God showed an example of Israel’s unfaithfulness to Him in the marriage of Hosea and Gomer. Yet, God who never leaves us also never leaves us in pain without plans for restoration … God asked Hosea to bring his wife back home and love her. He wanted His unruly people to know His love, forgiveness, and power to rebirth. Hosea spoke out to the wanderers encouraging them to return to God Almighty.
Whether we are God’s speakers sharing truth publicly or simply like His she-tree in the poem, we all struggle through life’s seasons of loss and suffering. Let us hold firmly to Our Living Hope, Jesus Christ, who showed the world His power to raise life from the dead.
“Come, let us return to the Lord
He has torn us to pieces
But He will heal us;
He has injured us,
But He will bind up our wounds.
After two days, He will revive us;
On the third day He will restore us
that we may live in His presence
Let us acknowledge the Lord;
Let us press on to acknowledge Him
As surely as the sun rises,
He will appear;
He will come to us like the winter rains,
Like the spring rains that water the earth (Hosea 6:1-3).
Thank you for being here today. Photos are from Pixabay.
If you missed it, the first post about the retreat is up on the story blog. I thought there were only 3 parts to that story, but I will be listening and writing what He wants me to share. It may be 4 or 5 parts until I am done. Part 1 is at https://juliedibblewrites.wordpress.com
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Have a blessed Fall day, whatever season you are in.