Sunday 6th July 2014:
I planted an olive after I got divorced as a symbol of faith – a symbol of my belief that God would redeem my future and as a sign of the freedom I have in Him. This is my olive tree today, it is growing bigger and bigger and has little flowers on it.
I am so blessed to now be married again to the most incredible man I could have ever dreamed of. Every morning when I wake up, I smile with joy to be next to such a amazing man. I thank God every day for him. As my olive tree flowers I am reminded of the verse God gave me when things were so bleak, dark and painful. “I will give you back the years the locusts have eaten.” (Joel 2 verse 25)
Not only has God given me an wonderful husband, he has also brought me on a precious journey of healing in my heart. I have always tried to face my pain as fully as I can. I can’t say it has been an easy journey, but I know God has never left me. I have always remembered the verses:
“When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst. Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return.” (Lamentations 3 verses 28 – 31)
As I look at my olive tree, I thank God for the pain I went through, because it is a constant reminder to me that God is the God of restoration. Going through the pain of my past has built my character and has it has given me a deeper level of understanding for the pain of others. It makes me so thankful for all I have. It gives me hope that Gods plan for me (and all of us) is freedom and fullness of life, and I want to live in that constant pursuit of knowing Gods fullness in my life. And most important, I continue to realise I can’t do it without Jesus, he is the only one who can truly redeem my pain and heal me fully.
Today I am thankful for the flowers on my olive tree, and that I am seeing the beauty of God’s redemption in my life.