7 “For there is hope for a tree—if it’s cut down, it sprouts again and grows tender, new branches. 8-9 Though its roots have grown old in the earth, and its stump decays, it may sprout and bud again at the touch of water, like a new seedling. Job 14:7-9
Reading in Job today and these verses caught my attention. Life stems from the root system in nature. I believe that ultimately God is the root system of all life. Even Job in his distress acknowledged -the Lord gives and the Lord takes away. Blessed be His name.
“The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” Job 1:21.
So, even if the stem of a tree is cut off, the root system is still alive and will naturally send up new shoots! And in life, just because we get a bit older doesn’t mean we grow useless and fruitless. The root stock has been round the block a few times, has weathered the storms of life and has a lot still to offer.
Some of our branches may not be as tender as they used to be! I don’t have the energy or drive of youth, but I have a wealth of experience I can pass on! Mostly developed from stupid mistakes and cockamamie choices. My eyesight is a weakening branch, so too my hearing, yet I am still performing music, composing songs and leading worship regularly. I say let the old out the back door, learn from it and go through the front door of new opportunities. We have a lot to give, much to offer, Haden Hill park we’ve seen a lot, tasted a lot of stuff life has to throw at us, been through the fire and water, had heartache and pain and still have the scars [physical and emotional] to prove it!
Many an old seemingly rotten tree can produce new life, fresh branches! Just check out this photo I took from a walk in Hadden hill park recently. New sprouts growing out of an old tree. FIG 1
So, here’s a final thought for today FIG 2 [though I’ll be looking at this word some more tomorrow!] it may sprout and bud again at the touch of water, like a new seedling.