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LIFE SPEAKS TO US!
By Bill C. Dotson
 
Aha moments...can come into your life at any time, day or night. They can be convicting, thrilling, awe inspiring, confirming, even instructive. When and/or what was the last one for you? Maybe it was in a church service, reading a book, reading the Bible, listening to a podcast or simply walking alone along the beach with nothing but your thoughts. But most times it is impactful, perhaps even life altering. Your mind gets sorta 'blown away'! The truth is you are made aware of something, whatever it may be, that leads you to marvel, gasp, laugh, make plans, rejoice, even worship. And you really want to tell someone about it. 
 
This week I was relaxing by our pool, looking upward as our trees had just been trimmed. As I was gazing at them, I had one of those aha moments.I was simply amazed at the multi-directional growth that formed a mural of life here on Earth. I saw the struggle for light and growth, mixed with the pain and the struggles to exist and even thrive. When we moved here twenty-five + years ago, these two Red Oaks were so healthy and formed such a beautiful canopy over our backyard. They were already mature trees. Sadly, for the past five years they have been suffering. Many of their limbs have been dying. This year has been the worst. 
But even in their declining state, they are still beautiful, and provide much appreciated shade. As I was gazing at them, I saw all their limbs still reaching heavenward worshipping their Creator. The Psalmist says in Chapter 134:2: "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless the Lord."  Elsewhere he states; "Thus I will bless you while I live; I will lift up my hands in your name" (Psa. 63:4). These two aging trees are doing just that. 
 
These trees are no different from us relative to life and death, and our longing for our Creator."For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now" (Rom. 8:22). Sin has caused death, and all of creation longs for a renewed union with the Creator, whether trees or humans. See, we were intended to live forever in full communion with God. That was his perfect will for us. But 'we' got in the way of all that. Man's rebellion against God has caused all creation to suffer. The trees and plants in the original 'garden' did not inflict the problem, we did. 
 
But these two trees demonstrate a way of life, even facing imminent death. We are to please God in the way we face trials and sufferings. David, moved by the Spirit, showed us well. "Even though I walk through the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me" (Psa. 23:4). Do you live that faithfully? My Red Oaks do. Haven't heard them complain one time. 
 
Those of us who are in Christ have these promises of truth on which you can stake your life-and death. "The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age;they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock and there is no unrighteousness in him" (Psa. 92:12-15).
 
And finally, look at who you are and what you have in Christ.
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion-to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness,the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified" 
(Isa. 61:1-3). 
 
AHASee you are not that different from our two Red Oaks.
 
Copyright 2019
Bill C. Dotson
All scripture is either from the NKJV or the ESV Bibles
The red highlighting is by me, for emphasis. 

ABIDE in Christ,

Bill
Bill C. Dotson 
Founder  
Dallas Real Estate Ministries ( DREM)

LIFE SPEAKS TO US!
By Bill C. Dotson
 
Aha moments...can come into your life at any time, day or night. They can be convicting, thrilling, awe inspiring, confirming, even instructive. When and/or what was the last one for you? Maybe it was in a church service, reading a book, reading the Bible, listening to a podcast or simply walking alone along the beach with nothing but your thoughts. But most times it is impactful, perhaps even life altering. Your mind gets sorta 'blown away'! The truth is you are made aware of something, whatever it may be, that leads you to marvel, gasp, laugh, make plans, rejoice, even worship. And you really want to tell someone about it. 
 
This week I was relaxing by our pool, looking upward as our trees had just been trimmed. As I was gazing at them, I had one of those aha moments.I was simply amazed at the multi-directional growth that formed a mural of life here on Earth. I saw the struggle for light and growth, mixed with the pain and the struggles to exist and even thrive. When we moved here twenty-five + years ago, these two Red Oaks were so healthy and formed such a beautiful canopy over our backyard. They were already mature trees. Sadly, for the past five years they have been suffering. Many of their limbs have been dying. This year has been the worst. 
But even in their declining state, they are still beautiful, and provide much appreciated shade. As I was gazing at them, I saw all their limbs still reaching heavenward worshipping their Creator. The Psalmist says in Chapter 134:2: "Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, And bless the Lord."  Elsewhere he states; "Thus I will bless you while I live; I will lift up my hands in your name" (Psa. 63:4). These two aging trees are doing just that. 
 
These trees are no different from us relative to life and death, and our longing for our Creator."For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now" (Rom. 8:22). Sin has caused death, and all of creation longs for a renewed union with the Creator, whether trees or humans. See, we were intended to live forever in full communion with God. That was his perfect will for us. But 'we' got in the way of all that. Man's rebellion against God has caused all creation to suffer. The trees and plants in the original 'garden' did not inflict the problem, we did. 
 
But these two trees demonstrate a way of life, even facing imminent death. We are to please God in the way we face trials and sufferings. David, moved by the Spirit, showed us well. "Even though I walk through the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me" (Psa. 23:4). Do you live that faithfully? My Red Oaks do. Haven't heard them complain one time. 
 
Those of us who are in Christ have these promises of truth on which you can stake your life-and death. "The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the Lord; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age;they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the Lord is upright; he is my rock and there is no unrighteousness in him" (Psa. 92:12-15).
 
And finally, look at who you are and what you have in Christ.
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn; to grant to those who mourn in Zion-to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit; that they may be called oaks of righteousness,the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified" 
(Isa. 61:1-3). 
 
AHASee you are not that different from our two Red Oaks.
 
Copyright 2019
Bill C. Dotson
All scripture is either from the NKJV or the ESV Bibles
The red highlighting is by me, for emphasis. 

ABIDE in Christ,

Bill
Bill C. Dotson 
Founder  
Dallas Real Estate Ministries ( DREM)