Thursday, July 2, 2015

Fw: dead tree in the garden

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From: Rob Smith <>
To: Rob Smith <>
Sent: Thursday, July 2, 2015 7:33 AM
Subject: dead tree in the garden

Sometimes you just have to be honest and admit it...there's a dead tree in the garden.  This morning, on my walk, my eyes were drawn to a dead tree in the pretty marsh I've been visiting.  Whether from a lightning strike, insect infestation or disease...or possibly just age, a tree that once stood tall in the middle of the scene died and now it distracts from all that is living around it.
I thought about our lives and, for the most part, they are full of abundance and God's blessing and we are aware of that...but in the middle of this garden there may be a "dead tree".  There may be some area of my life that has been struck by unexplained calamity, infested with some bug of jealousy or hatred or infected with a disease of selfishness.  When that happens this one dead tree can dominate the view of my garden.
It may be time to call on the one who has fashioned the entire garden...who is supreme over matters of life and death and even our inner attitudes.  He is the true Master Gardener and, if I own up to the dead tree's presence....He's promised to remove it!
Proverbs 28:13
Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them  will obtain mercy.
Rob Smith

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