Soon after we moved into our house about ten years ago, I started my garden. I asked an indigenous nursery what would grow in the shade for my wall near the tap. They sold me a honeysuckle. It grew but has never flourished. The best I get is a tuft of about ten flowers on top of a tangle of old dry stems. Recently I noticed a new shoot.
It is fresh and green and as straight as a broomstick. I thought of Isaiah 11:1. “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;
from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—
the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,
the Spirit of counsel and of might,
the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—
3 and he will delight in the fear of the Lord. ” (NIV)
I’ve mentioned before that my husband and I are members of The Gideons International in South Africa. The Randburg Camp has not been thriving recently. For over five years we prayed for new members without result. In September last year a younger couple joined and today another couple was inaugurated – strong, vibrant Christians, all of them. Perhaps the Lord is sending forth a new shoot from the old gnarled plant. I can’t wait to see growth and vitality taking place among our members.
When Christ comes into our lives, He brings new things, a spurt of growth and vitality. All we have to do is allow Him the supremacy He demands. He will fill us with His Holy Spirit if we ask Him.
Lord, sometimes I feel like an old dry branch set in my ways and unyielding. Please fill me with Your Spirit of wisdom and understanding, of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord. May I delight in You and allow You to bring new growth and vitality into my life. Amen.