Often unexpected circumstances take us where we do not want to go. Yet the resulting blessings of acceptance form a beautiful bouquet of complimentary colors—a mixture of divine will and human surrender.
Recently, I wrestled with acceptance of a situation that was causing me consternation; I was challenged to trust God during a directional change I was not prepared to take. I wanted to scream, “Wait, Lord, I’m not ready to move on.”
Then an unexpected comment appeared on my blog:
“Hi, I found your website by looking for a picture of a tree by a river. The picture you took of a willow tree by the river is what came up.
Would you be willing to allow us to print a 17 X 22 copy of that photo for use in our church for one year?
I would like to include a Bible verse – Jeremiah 17:7-8 – with it and hang it in the church. One of our themes for this year is trusting the Lord and this is exactly the picture that Jeremiah gives of a person who places his trust in God…”
When I read this request and then looked up the scripture, Jeremiah 17:7-8, I knew a spiritual message had come my way:
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord
And whose trust is the Lord.
“For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.