We endured another round of severe storms and high winds here last night. As the morning dawned in a gray light, I glanced out my back window to survey a line of large pine trees for any damage. The trees had weathered the severe storms, but not without some damage. There were several broken branches down, and the entire backyard was littered with pinecones and needles. Strong winds were still savagely whipping the tall old trees. Somehow it was such a sad sight to see those tall old trees being whipped about so ferociously. And the trees appeared to have been sapped of their vitality and beauty.
But just as I was about to turn away from the window, the glorious sunlight broke out from behind the dark clouds. When that golden morning sunlight hit those trees, they were transformed. Every needle on the trees seemed to come alive. They took on the most vibrant hues of green glistening with flecks of silver and gold shimmering in that glorious sunlight. And it no longer seemed as if the wind was whipping about those trees. Suddenly those trees were dancing with the wind of the Holy Spirit glorifying the sun!!! With every needle shimmering and every branch waving, it was a breathtaking and beautiful sight to behold.
I believe the Lord sent a message today using those old pine trees. I pray it uplifts all unto which it is directed.
Right now there are many who feel as if they are being unmercifully whipped about by the cruel winds of the raging storms. And just as one round of storms seem to move out, another round comes blowing in. But the Lord is saying to you today, THE CLOUDS ARE BREAKING AND THE SON IS SHINING ON YOU! His mercy, and favor, and love are breaking forth in your lives and transforming you and your entire circumstances! Instead of ashes and mourning, He is giving you beauty and joy. Instead of depression, He is giving you the garment of praise. Indeed He is planting you as His oaks of righteousness that He may be glorified. Now is the time to bask in His glorious Light. It is the time to reflect the Light of the Son to an otherwise dull and dying world. It is the time to dance with the wind of the Holy Spirit to praise and worship and glorify the Son! Hallelujah!!!
1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.