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tree10You know, the hardest thing I have ever had to learn is that when people walk away, let them leave. Sometimes people only come into our lives for a brief season, they are meant to only serve a purpose that sometimes we can’t see or understand. It’s not for us to understand. Susan leads a devotion at Jacob’s Well about people being leaves, branches, and roots. Leaves change with the seasons and fall away before a new leaf is formed. Branches look strong but can only support so much weight before the bend and break in the winds of change, and roots are there for a lifetime, helping to sustain, uphold, and strengthen the tree. The problem we face is when we put lifetime expectations on seasonal people and we try to make leaves into roots. We want desperately for people we care about, trust, and love to stay in our lives forever, but it isn’t always so.  Trust not in man.

Psalm 146:1-5Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, my soul.

2 I will praise the Lord all my life;
I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
3 Do not put your trust in princes,
in human beings, who cannot save.
4 When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;
on that very day their plans come to nothing.
5 Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.

tree9Praise the LORD…not humans. You know, I have heard so many times these words, “Give it time” in regards to relationships. What does that mean exactly? Time for what? Time for forgiveness which should be immediate? Time for healing? Time for God to move when He is already speaking? Did we so easily forget that we are only here for such a brief moment in time compared to eternity and we are never guaranteed tomorrow? What time? When I hear those words, it makes me cringe. It means to me that person no longer wants to be in my life and they are, in fact, leaves. And I REFUSE to beg one more person to stay in my life. I know who my roots are and where they are planted, but CHRIST is the ONLY ONE who truly sustains me. He is my water, my breath, my life. Trust not in humans who fail, who choose to separate the social and spiritual needs of people. God is the hope for eternity!

tree11You can read Psalm 146-150 and bask in the beautiful poetic musical prayers of those long ago at www.biblegateway.com. What a testimony to God’s favor and mercy upon us all! Join in the discussion by posting comments or questions below and let’s do this together!! #ReadtheBible #bgbg2 #BibleGateway #newbeginnings #Psalm

To further your reading, consider this from:

James 1:17Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

People change, but God does not change. He is not a man that He should lie, either. He is our branches, leaves, roots, and stems. He is the Creator of our faith, He upholds our cause, and He sees to fruition our purpose! TRUST and PRAISE the LORD!!!

Related Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 3; Proverbs 3:5-6; Romans 4:5