by Brodie Swisher
I often marvel at the sight of old trees still standing tall in the woods. They have stood the test of time. In many cases, they were there long before us, and will likely still be standing long after we’re gone. But have you ever stopped to notice the fallen remains of one of these strong warriors of the woods? It’s almost depressing to see the end result of what once was so tall and mighty. The other day, while hunting with a friend, I’d stopped to try and locate some shut-mouthed elk in the timber. I leaned my bow against an old stump as I dug through the pocket on my backpack for my calls. As I stood there awaiting a response to the sound of my calls, my eyes were continually drawn to the old stump that was now supporting my bow. It was weathered, worn, and hollow. It was a mere fragment of what once stood strong in the midst of the forest, declaring God’s glory. Once strong to its core, the tree was now weak and empty…hollow.
“I pray that from His glorious, unlimited resources He will empower you with inner strength through His Spirit. Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.” Ephesians 3:16-19
If you’re tired of being hollow, give me a shout. I’d love to talk with you more on how to be solid to the core through a relationship with Jesus. firstname.lastname@example.org