Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Hardship - Silently Adapt
This tree was alive when Pharaoh built the pyramids, Moses led the Israelites through the wilderness, the Roman Empire conquered the known world and Jesus Christ was born, died and resurrected.
Characteristics of Methuselah:
1) flourishing through extreme hardships over long periods of time
2) adapts to a changing environment
3) surviving in barren landscape
4) during droughts, it becomes dormant
5) starving off portions of itself to feed small parts, based on availability of water and nutrients
Wow! All of creation points to the Creator and the Creator leaves behind messages to us, his creations.
The message my Creator shouted through this creation was to develop the ability to adapt. Through all the different weather conditions, the Methuselah Tree has learned to adapt to the environment...not to be killed by the storms. Although it appears to be dead, it is still alive. The gnarled appearance has been caused by extremely harsh environmental conditions over centuries of time.
I have the same Creator as the Methuselah Tree, and He, and only He can see me through extreme hardships with peace as my guide. Can I silently adapt?
I am not known for silence, unless I am extremely angry, so silently adapting will have to be God.
God speaks through so many things in our lives. Today, it was this 5000-year-old miracle tree named Methuselah.
"The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world." (Psalm 19:1-4; cf. Psalm 97:6)
This is a re-post from last year - because God seems to be speaking the same words to me again...sorry if you have already read it...I am sure I am speaking to myself.
Prayers are with our neighbors here in Texas that have lost so much due to the fires that are scorching the country side. May the Lord be with them all and for all the firefighters and recovery teams being sent into these areas.
Posted by Janettessage.blogspot.com at 7:43 AM