A Letter From the Past
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About-Him.Com Devotional 12-15-2018

A Letter From the Past  
  While cleaning out some old Christmas, birthday and anniversary cards, I came across from one very special card. It was given to me at the time of my ministerial ordination in 1987 by the late Pastor Bill Lobbs and his wife, my sister Lois. The following had spoken to him in years past and he was trusting that it would speak to me.

The Japanese raise a tree called the Bonsai. It's beautiful and perfectly formed although its height is measured in inches. In California there is a forest of giant Sequoias. One of these trees is named the General Sherman. It extends 272 feet toward heaven and is 79 feet in circumference. If cut down it would supply enough lumber to build thirty five five room houses.

At one time both the Bonsai and the General Sherman were the same size. When they were seeds each weighed less than 1/3000 of an ounce. The size difference at maturity is staggering to say the least. But the story behind that difference in size is a lesson in life. When the Bonsai tree stuck its head above the earth, the Japanese pulled it from the soil and tied off its tap root and some of its feeder roots, thus deliberately stunting its growth. The result is a miniature beautiful - LITTLE TREE.

The seed of the General Sherman fell into the rich soil of California and was nourished by the minerals, the rain and the sunshine. The giant tree was the result. Neither the Bonsai or the General Sherman has a choice in its destiny. But Don you do.

You can be a Bonsai or a General Sherman for God. Don't let anyone or anything tie your tap root and God will nurture you and bring you into all that He has purposed for your life.

2 Corinthians 9:8 And God [is] able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all [things], may abound to every good work:  

Song: My God, My King and My Redeemer

Somebody Has Said
Faith goes up the Stairs that love has built And looks out the windows which hope has opened - Charles H. Spurgeon

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