Isaiah 61:3b

by GfG on October 14, 2012 · 1 comment

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Some sweet friends sent us a wonderful gift: an oak tree.

We’ve never planted trees, but have always liked the idea of doing so.  The entire family is excited.  I was so touched at the thoughtfulness and the effort… and then I read the card.

I immediately looked up Isaiah 61:3, but I forgot to go to the “b” part.

I will “provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.”  Isaiah 61:3a

Turns out, all of verse three spoke to my heart, so by the time I landed in the “b” part, I was in tears and felt so very encouraged.

“They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor.”  Isaiah 61:3b

My loving Father knows I have been in mourning over leaving my people and my beloved Texas.

My precious friends know it too.

My heart heard hope in these verses.

My friends’ prayers have already been answered in many ways, through God’s people and through affirmation of our decision.

We have had courage and we are growing daily in joy.

This tree truly is a picture of encouragement to me now.

A reminder that my LORD wants me to be an oak of righteousness for him here.  Where he has planted me.  To display his glory.

May it be so!

May the tree grow greatly, but may my joy and glorification of my God grow even more greatly!

Does Isaiah 61 speak to you? 


*Thank you again, Erin & Blair!

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