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My route to function is the similar every single morning. I pass the similar landmarks. I see the similar fields and the numerous trees that line the road. While the wildlife is ever-altering, I typically see a variation of squirrels, birds, cattle, horses, and even a pig every single now and then.

An influx of migrating birds have taken more than the silence we had throughout the summer season, and a tree fell down on our ministry’s house throughout a storm a handful of months ago. The old pc game, Oregon Trail, comes to thoughts every single morning as I pull into the driveway simply because there are just so lots of squirrels . . . and birds . . . out right here these days!

All the autumn leaves have fallen for the year. At present resting on the ground, they will quickly be bagged up and tossed away.

Just yesterday, on my usual drive, I noticed a stunning, grandiose house to the left of me. In all my years driving down the similar path, I had in no way noticed this house. The trees that stood ahead of it had been leafless now, and the home was a lot more visible.

And just amazing!

My field of vision shifted when the leaves fell, and my eyes had been filled with awe and wonder. The trees, now barren, exposed a magnificent house and I was so glad to see it!

A thing had to die for beauty to be revealed.

In John 12:24, it is written, “Very actually I inform you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces lots of seeds.”

When wheat flowers relinquish their kernels to the earth, they will germinate into a lot more wheat flowers. This is a continuous cycle with every single new harvest. The wheat flower is buried and grows to new life.

By laying itself bare, it bears a lot more fruit.

 This illustration is depicting Christ’s earthly death so that we, even though sinners, may well have salvation. In Christ, we are a new creation. The old is wiped away the new has come (two Corinthians five:17). In lots of methods, this illustration also reminds me of the value of our death to self. There are lots of distractions that maintain us from experiencing the correct beauty of Christ, the peacefulness, the awe and wonder of all that He is. Our field of vision shifts away from Him and hones in on earthly possessions. Just as the trees grew barren, we have to lay bare ahead of Him. Like the kernels fall, we have to relinquish these points that do not bring glory to Him. Freedom from these distractions will permit the peaceful, abundant beauty of Christ to reveal itself in our lives.

Are there points in your life that will need to die for the correct beauty of Christ to be revealed? Something you would like to lay bare ahead of Him?

How may well we be praying for you?

 

Shannon

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