This world. This world. The brokenness of it at times can steal my breath right away.
I paused before this massive giant, this imposing piece of wood.
At one time providing shade and habitat for it's forest friends, it had stood stoic, strong and, proud.
Once a mighty oak commanding respect from its wooded world, it now slouched-- reduced to mere splinters.
Bent and broken, it sags.
And I hear its weary wooded voice; Why, why has this happened to me?
I have no answer for you, mighty oak. Life is hard and it's storms are strong.
But this I know. THIS, I know!
We weren't meant to walk wounded or bow in brokenness. We have been called to stand in strength through God's mighty redeeming love.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor.
He shakes the earth.
Trembles the nations.
Crumbles the mountains.
Collapses the hills.
Rages against the seas.
Re-routes the rivers.
Splits the earth.
Sun and moon stand still.
Mountains writhe and waters roar. 1
For a long time He has kept silent, been quiet and held himself back. 2 But now... He cries out, He comes, to deliver His people and;
The wilderness rejoices and blooms 3
The mountains and hills burst into song 4
The meadows shout for joy and sing 5
AND ALL THE TREES OF THE FIELD WILL CLAP THEIR HANDS. 5
Perhaps we shouldn't ask why, oh mighty oak.
Be joyful always, pray continually,
give thanks in all circumstances,
for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thess. 5:18
1 Habakkuk 3
2 Isaiah 42:14
3 Isaiah 35:1
4 Isaiah 55:12
5 Isaiah 55:12