Devotions from Judy’s heart

When I went for a walk the other day, I saw a big tree that was broken off about 1/3 of the way up.  I was quite surprised to see green leafy branches growing out of the stump and looked almost like a bush that was 15’ off the ground. It struck me that sometime in our lives our hearts may get broken like the tops of those trees that came crashing down…maybe a great loss, an accident, rejection, Cancer, loneliness etc and we think life can’t go on. Each day may be so painful that we wonder if we will ever heal.   It’s true life won’t go on as before and somehow we wish we could get better faster.  We can no longer cling to what was as everything is changed. But as we reach out to God with our hearts and trust that He will take care of us, providing what we need to go on, in time we are surprised that hope starts rising in us. We can live again and it seems like a miracle, which in many ways it is. Just like the green growth on the top of the big tree stump, we have something to give again and to bear fruit. Perhaps because of our brokenness, others receive from us as never before, for we have lived what we speak. As Paul Keller prayed, “May my faith shine brightly in darkness. May God always light up the path I am to walk.  May I trust God.”