Is there a tree blocking your view?

Ever have one of those moments when you can picture something in your mind, very clearly, very vividly, yet the words simply elude you?  When scanning your brain for the appropriate words to use to depict, explain, or even share your thoughts with another, there’s just nothin in the bank to withdraw?  Yep, this would be one of those moments.  In all honesty, so many things are a work-in-progress for me.  I think it stems from a highly self-critical mind-set.  I LOVE to learn, and at times, desperately want to arrive, only to find the inexhaustible, yet beautiful world of continual learning.

This is the Bible to me – beautiful and inexhaustible.

I came upon an analogy today, and I’m still stewin on it.  I think there’s so much richness in this concept, that I’m beggin the Lord to let me see.  He gave me a glimpse this morning, and brought a few more items into focus, yet it’s creating in me a desire to wanna “see more”.   Here it is…

What tree is blocking your view?  What has “grown up” in your life that blocks your ability to see the sky and even the horizon?  In essence, what blocks your view of your Heavenly Father and all that the future has in store?

These questions came about after reading Isaiah 10, and hearing a lecture at bible study this morning.  My belief  is that so much of our sin grows from a root of pride, a belief that we are the all-knowing, all-seeing beings in control of our lives.  Really, we know what’s best, right?  Oh, how easily we are deceived.  How can we think we are all-knowing, when all we can do is simply “predict” the next moment, we aren’t even in true control of that.  This pride that our nature so easily slips into, can grow so large that is overshadows and block the true Light from ever reaching our hearts and souls.  If our pride (or false humility, same thing), becomes Lord of our life, guess who loves us enough to step in to discipline us?  Pleasant, nope.  Good for us long-term, yep.

Hebrews 12:11  – No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

So how do we cut down our prideful trees so we can see the Light?  Ask.  He tells us ask, and you shall receive.  That simple you may say?  Yes.  Easy, no.  Put it this way, if we don’t ask for the “ax” ourselves, guess who is powerful enough to lop it off Himself? (ouch).  He loves us that much.  If a “tree” was what separated you from your child, would you do the same?  Challenging, yes… but oh so healing.  This healing brings freedom.  I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again.  It’s worth it, every time.  Will you take that step?  Share your struggle today.  You never know, someone else might just say… me too.

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