Moments with My Father ~
I am so thankful for my connection with Jesus today! He is so vital to my life and my well being and as I reflect upon the Apostle Paul’s writing today, I see that it is through our connection with Jesus that each one of us can have a great healthy connection with each other as well! As I ponder this, I am reminded of Aspen tree forests. It is amazing that a forest of Aspen trees is in reality one tree. The Aspen tree forest has developed as a result of the efforts of one parent tree. It is from this parent tree source that Aspen trees have life and draw nourishment as they are all connected in their root to the parent tree. Aspen trees are known to be able to survive and spring back after forest fires well because their roots are connected deep down underneath the surface and it is there that their source of life is protected from damage and destruction. I am seeing that these facts about Aspen trees is similar to what Paul is saying in his writing to the church in Corinth. Paul understood that Jesus was one who was connected in heart or root to His Father just like a parent Aspen tree. Jesus was able to survive the forest fire of taking on the sins of the whole world on the cross because of His deep down connection to His Father and it was through His Father’s strength that He had eternal life. He understands the heat of life trials because He personally experienced it and He can sympathize with each one of us. Because His heart or root is connected to the heart of the parent root, His Father, who is the God of all love, compassion and comfort, He is able to extend out of His compassion for us, His love and comfort to you and to me. As a result of each one of us being connected to Jesus and being nourished through the sap of His love, compassion and comfort, we are then able to extend that on to others that we have connection with and they in turn can do the same and it goes on and on and on just like an Aspen forest that adds so much beauty to our Father’s world! Despite trials in his life, Paul is one who poured nourishment or encouragement into the lives of others to comfort them and help them have everlasting life in connection with his Father. This is because deep down in his heart, he drew his nourishment through his root connection with Jesus in the hard things or forest fires he faced in life and hence, he was able to escape destruction and persevere in living life, Wow! If we each are all connected to Jesus as our root source, then we as our Father’s kids in this world are capable of having well being and unity, being one in connection to our Father. Now that thought just gets my heart sap flowing! Oh, I so love the thought of having everlasting connection with you all! May we all feel His love flowing to us today!
2 Co 1:3-11