On June 15, I began this post right after reading the devotion in Divine Dining for that day.
Forgive me for sending it on. Those who own the book may have just read it, but today, it's on my heart.
Safe From Winds.
“If a man abide not
in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered and men gather them and
cast them into the fire, and they are burned.” John 15:6
2011, my husband and I camped in our travel trailer. The winds were horrendous,
the heat oppressive, in North Texas. Fires ravaged acres of land taking homes,
barns, cattle, even some people in their path.
Through the air
sailed tumbleweeds and small limbs. On the west side of our trailer, I watched
a small oak. The owners of the RV Park planted it for extra shade. When a gust
of wind blasted from the south, a big cottonwood tree bowed over our patio and
dropped cotton balls on our picnic table.
The oak, not more
than four feet tall, braved the monster wind with strength and determination.
The spindly branches folded but remained tight against the strength of a
two-inch diameter trunk.
Though wind (or
trials) buffeted that small tree, the branches remained in the trunk (or vine)
and stayed firm, unmovable. God didn’t promise I’d have no trials, no
temptations, but He advised me to stay in Him to be able to withstand.
quiet time with the Lord isn’t an option for a compulsive person to prepare for
Prayer: I abide in You, today. It’s the only way I stay safe
when the winds blow.