Restoration: Day Four
look at your progress
READ: Philippians 1:3-5, 2 Corinthians 5:17
When we moved into our house, we planted two apple trees. Because of the massive number of deer that live in our city, we cannot keep any young trees alive. The horrible apple-eating deer don’t just like the sweet apples (which we have yet to harvest) but they love the sweetness of the leaves. They will even eat the small, flimsy, branches!
My husband has tried many ways to keep the poor trees alive. Even when he put fencing and mesh around them, the deer still found a way to get to the trees. Our dog would usually keep the deer from getting into our yard and she did a great job protecting our trees.
After five years, we think one will survive and the other won’t. Every time my children eat an apple, they give me the seeds to plant another apple tree. We are all excited to get some apples. Isn’t it amazing how a huge, giant apple trees? The apple orchards I’ve seen in pictures didn’t start out that way. In fact, they started out like the young saplings I can see from my living room. It takes time to grow, but going from a tiny seed to a massive apple tree is a miracle, isn’t it?
As Christians, we too are on an amazing journey to maturity. It says in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.’
Remember you were once saved and now you are a new creation! God is making you NEW! The Good News Translation says, “the new has come.” What an amazing promise for those in Christ!? Sometimes the growth is underground; but the growth is still there.
God is working in your heart in ways you might not realize. Look back and take note of how God has grown you. You are not who you were - but that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Think of how you’ve grown spiritually in the past few weeks or months since God began doing a restoration in your heart. What has God done in your heart since this hard thing has come? Get out our notebook or a piece of paper. Write it out. See the growth in black and white!
Behold, the former things have come to pass, and new things I now declare; before they spring forth I tell you of them. Isaiah 42:9
What has God done in your heart since this hard thing has come? Get out our notebook or a piece of paper. See the growth in black and white. Write out how God has moved into your heart to make you into something new!
Dear Lord, I pray you will work in my life and reveal to me how I’ve grown. Will you show me the progress, and remind me that you are working behind the scenes. Amen.