Friday, July 24, 2009

Trees and Silos

Trees don't belong in silos! 

I am sure that trees feel sheltered in silos.

Wind, rain, ice, snow, wouldn't be as harsh in the safety of it's walls. The sun would still share its light. Air would still be plentiful. The ground fertile. 

But the tree would not be useful. Protected but not effective.

You could not pick the fruit off of a tree in a silo. Would there be much fruit?

You could not hang a swing on the branch of a tree in a silo. 

You could not climb a tree in a silo, unless you are my son Caleb, then you might find a way. 

Mr. Tree would not even be noticed by the world until his branches got to the top of the silo's edge and beyond. His testimony would be lacking.

Psalm 1 Amplified

Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) is the man who walks and lives not in the counsel of the ungodly [following their advice, their plans and purposes], nor stands [submissive and inactive] in the path where sinners walk, nor sits down [to relax and rest] where the scornful [and mockers] gather. 

But his delight and desire are in the law of the Lord, and on His law (the precepts, the instructions, the teachings of God) he habitually meditates (ponders and studies) by day and by night. 

And he shall be like a tree firmly planted [and tended] by the streams of water, ready to bring forth its fruit in its season; its leaf also shall not fade or wither; and everything he does shall prosper [and come to maturity].

But he does not live in a silo.

He is useful.

He lets his light shine.

Matthew 5:14-16 The Message

(Jesus speaking)"Here's another way to put it: you're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, don't you think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you there on a hilltop, on a light stand.....shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

A silo is kind of like a big bucket........well, kind of......

And then there is John 15.

Verse 6 really got to me.

(Jesus words)"Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.

Eventually the tree in the silo can be cut down and hauled out. Building material, or fuel for the fire is all it will be good for. 

But living in a silo, a seemingly safe place is not a productive place for a tree.

Wonder how much, we, the church are like trees is silos. 

The world is a risky place. 

We really don't belong in it.

It isn't comfortable. 

Silos provide shelter, comfort, protection. So do church walls. 

I think it is time to tear down the walls of our silos and be useful branches. Let the world taste and see that the Lord is good by giving them a taste of the fruit of our branches. They need to know that He is good. 

Jesus was a man who was despised and rejected. The Bible says He was a man of many sorrows. He understands grief even more than we do, because He did not seek the shelter of a "silo". He was out there among the lost, ministering to a great host of people, sick people, needy people. 

We could have hung a swing on His branches. We could have made fruit salad from His bounty. We could have climbed higher and higher on His branches until we saw the face of God in the clouds. Jesus was a useful and productive tree while here on the earth. 

John 15 says that we are not much of a tree unless we are grafted into Him. And He, the tree of life,  is not ever going to be in a silo. And neither should we.

I recently read a story and saw pictures of a church service held beneath an underpass. The congregation was made up of mostly homeless people. 

The man that started that church was a tree out of his silo. 

Praise the Lord!

Please don't get me wrong! I LOVE church and I NEED church but there is so much to do beyond the walls OF church.


Friday, July 10, 2009


Hi Friends~ 
I have missed my time with you! I have some things in my heart and stirring in my head that I can hardly wait to write about! My daughter was home from New York City and I have been very preoccupied before, during, and after her visit! I will share more with you about it later. 

I was ready to write about something that has been on my heart since the last time I wrote, and I was all set to do so today, until I read my devotion by Tozer this morning. I decided that I just had to share the richness of his words with you. I know that you will be blessed and encouraged and possibly will want to share them with someone dear to you! 

It is taken from Tozer on the Holy Spirit, a 366-Day Devotional compiled by Marilynne E. Foster.

I pray that you will feel like you have received a fresh drink from the well of your salvation! I did!


The Holy Spirit is Waiting

My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me. Psalm 63:8

I am reminded that one old saint was asked, "Which is the more important: reading God's Word or praying?" To which he replied, "Which is more important to a bird: the right wing or the left?" The writer to the Hebrews was telling his readers.......and telling us.....that Christians must believe all there is to be believed. They are to do all that the Word commands them to do. Those two wings take the Christian up to God!.....

God has purposefully given us a mental capacity with wide human boundaries. Beyond that, if we are justified, regenerated believers, He has given us an entirely new spiritual capacity. God wants us to believe, to think, to meditate, to consider His Word. He has promised that the Holy Spirit is waiting to teach us. He has treasured us concerning all of our blessings in Jesus Christ.  

Oh God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more... I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still. Show me Thy glory.