Monday, June 10, 2024

My Morning Prayer: Don’t give up!

My Morning Prayer: Don’t give up!
-Roy Lessin and Marina Bromley

Don't Give Up!
-Roy Lessin
The tree in the foreground of the photo below has a story to tell…
A year ago this tree didn’t look good. In fact, I was ready to have it cut down and removed from our backyard. The top was brown without any greenery. Some of the lower branches were also turning brown. The tree had no density and you could see right through it. So sad!

The person scheduled to cut the tree down last fall was delayed and needed to reschedule. Thankfully, I decided to wait. 
This spring we’ve had a lot of rain, and the “little tree that could” has been renewed, revived, refreshed, and restored! (The picture is worth a thousand words).
What a clear and simple reminder this tree has provided. Never give up on what God can do in your life. Barren places and brown spots are not indicators of final outcomes. Dry times do not mean all is lost. Wait on the Lord. Rivers of living water will come. And when you are flourishing again, remember to never give up on those you know who look brown and parched…and please don’t cut them down and have them removed from your life.
The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy! Springs will gush forth in the wilderness, and streams will water the wasteland. The parched ground will become a pool, and springs of water will satisfy the thirsty land. Marsh grass and reeds and rushes will flourish where desert jackals once lived (Isaiah 35:5-7 NLT).

My Morning Prayer
-Marina Bromley

Lord, as I look at this tree and read Roy's account of the work You have done, I'm convicted of my lack of faith. Help me to see that the seasons of barren places are intentional to show Your glory and miraculous work in the future. Help me to cling to You during those times, and to not give up hope. You are not surprised, and You will use all situations and circumstances to grow me. Help me too, to show grace towards other people and their situations that You are working in. You never give up. Extend Your grace in me and through me to others. Be at work in us, heal us, build us, grow us! In Jesus's name, amen.

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©2024 Roy Lessin, Meeting in the Meadow. Photo and Prayer by Marina Bromley. Used with permission, all rights reserved.

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