About a month ago, in a moment of weakness (or clear thinking, depending upon how you look at it), I gave consent for the tree to come down. I've never seen a project come to life so quickly or be finished in such a timely manner in all of my life. Really.
The tree is now gone and in it's place is an open patch of sky that provides a great many stars at night. The light of day lasts just a little bit longer on that side of the house now. And, I can walk barefoot in my driveway without ouching my way along. One would never know there had been a tree even there. Come spring, there's an open canvas just waiting on me and my "let's plant something" mindset.
I have not once missed that nuisance of a pear tree.
Isn't it just like fear to keep us from letting go and making room for something beautiful in our lives. As I stood and looked at the open space that once held a monster of a tree, I saw a chance for something new. God nudged my heart that it's time to make room for something beautiful in another area of my life. But in order to do so, I have to let go of something first, just like I had to let go of that tree. It isn't easy. In fact, it's heart wrenching. But...
God is perfect.
He is the Rock, his works are perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God who does no wrong, upright and just is he. Deuteronomy 32:4He is love.
Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1 John 4:7-8Believing these truths, I can start to wrap my mind around this...
Perfect love casts out fear.
This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world we are like Jesus. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:17-18I am on a journey of faith, hope and belief in a God who loves me and wants the very best for me. He gave His son for me to have an abundant life and I desire it now more than ever!
I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. 1 John 10:9-10Bring on the beautiful!