If a maple tree and a rabbit could talk…..
“Why are you crying?” asked Brown Bunny. The Maple tree sighed. “My leaves have turned and will soon fall away,” she said. “Of course Miss Maple. Just like they do every year,” said Brown Bunny as he nibbled on long blades of crunchy grass.
“Well, I wish for once, that I would stay forever green, like Mr. Pine,” said Miss Maple sadly. “Oh but why on earth would you desire to stay forever green?” asked Brown Bunny. “I would be beautiful all year round then Brown Bunny! But instead, I change from green to red. Every. Single. Year. And then, I stand bare all winter long.”
This was the conversation I had with Brown Bunny many years ago, and my life changed forever. This is what I learned.
Every spring I burst forth with newness of life, just like my risen Savior Jesus Christ rose from the dead. We celebrate His resurrection every springtime.
My leaves grow larger until they completely cover my bare branches. Like the grace of God covers man’s sin.
Now with my thick full leaves, you can rest in my shade when the heat of the day gets to be too much. As you also rest in the shadow of the almighty when this world makes your heart heavy.
Then Autumn comes, and God paints my leaves a brilliant red. His glory shines through us.
As my leaves begin to fall and I let all the dead things go, only then can I live again. Romans 6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
I now stand bare, all of my weakness and scars can be seen. Then winter time comes and covers them with glistening snow, they sparkle like diamonds. I stand strong in Him, because I allowed my weakness and scars to be seen. He covered me with His grace. 2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Springtime is soon on it’s way, and my branches burst with new life. New green leaves cover my branches, the wind blows and I bow and clap my hands in praise. Isaiah 55:12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Sometimes we focus on the devil’s lies instead of focusing on the truth of God’s word. We become enslaved to the past and the bad things satan is doing instead of enjoying our freedom and the good things God is going to do. We are hurt by someone and we become bitter toward the very person God wants to change. We end up praying against them instead of for them.
We fail to accept the grace of God for our weakness or consider His purpose for the hard times. We fail to let the dead things fall away so God can bring life and newness into our lives. Stand firm in Christ. Galatians 5:1 STAND fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
Seasons of life bring difficult changes but the Lord is a constant strength through it all. He is unchanging. Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.