The Oak Tree
by Randy Chambers, 2016-08-26
Isaiah 55:8-10, NIV: "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. "As the heavens are
higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than
"Timber," the man shouted, after withdrawing his axe from a last
well-placed chop. Within a few seconds, after a few loud snaps and pops, the
massive oak fell to the ground. "Why would you chop down such a beautiful
tree?" someone asked. "Because," he replied, "I have another
use for it."
Like with the oak, why would God bring someone to what seems to be one thing,
only to change the plans? Maybe because that was never His plan to begin with.
Where we might say, "Ah, look how God has made me;" God says, "My
child, we've only begun."
As we reflect on our lives, it might be easy to assume we know what God is
making some of us to be. But, could it be that God spends many years making us
an oak tree, not so we will remain an oak tree, but so we will finally be ready
to be made into what He had actually planned for us all along?