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    Fixing Our Eyes On The Son

    Have you ever seen a Coast Redwood tree?

    Recently my husband and I were vacationing in a place called Big Sur, just south of Carmel, California, where these trees grow everywhere you look. Coast Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world and we spent four amazing days surrounded by them! It was breathtaking and it got me thinking.

    Coast Redwoods grow very straight and tall. They grow straight towards the sun; their trunks never twisting or curving. Their branches usually grow straight out to the sides. Other trees have twists and curves in their trunks and branches as though they aren’t always sure where they’re going or where the sun is.

    Redwoods aren’t like that. They’re very certain about the direction that they’re meant to go. Their branches grow straight out as if they know exactly where and how far they’re meant to grow.

    As I observed these trees I thought that’s what our Christian life should be like. We should be so connected to God that we never have to wonder where His Son is. We should never have to wonder where God wants us to go or how far. When we stay close to God there are fewer twists and curves in our lives.

    That isn’t to say that twisty, curvy lives are bad. God still uses us even if our lives have gotten a little (or a lot) twisty, but the twisting of a tree trunk usually happens when the tree has lost sight of the sun. Those of us who have lived twisty lives know that we grow so much better, taller and straighter when we fix our eyes on the Son – moving directly toward Jesus.

    Hebrews 12:1-3 – Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

    Jenn Arman
    Jenn Arman is a youth pastor, freelance writer and blogger. She was born in San Diego, California and raised 2 hours north east in the Inland Empire where she lives with her husband David and their cats. Jenn desires to bring glory to God and a healthy dose of reality to Christians through both writing and preaching. Visit jenniferarman.com for more on her work. You can also connect with her on www.facebook.com/JenniferArman.Writer and https://twitter.com/JennArman

    8 COMMENTS

    1. i love this analogy, i try not to think too much of why God may want me to do something certain i just try to trust in his ways therefore i will stay close to him. And as Jenn said not have as many twist or curves in my life.

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