Hello Friends from Community
This is Pastor Chris Pieters checking on Friday, July 10th
Last week our family was able to gather and spend time with our oldest two children and their families in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was a much need time to connect, play, and help our daughter Brittany & Mark Winter and Sloan (granddaughter) prepare for their upcoming move. Mark serves as a helicopter pilot in the Army and is moving to a new base in El Paso, Texas in two weeks.
SHADE for Future Generations
Last month I shared some insights I learned from Ray VanderLaan about BROOM TREES that provide just enough shade in the desert to make it thru the current moment. Today I want to reflect on the TAMARISK TREE a different kind of tree that takes some trust and vision to provide shade for those who follow us in coming generations.
Without meaning to, most of us significantly underestimate the influence of our life. We may even feel the best years are behind us and we missed it.Quite the opposite is the case! Every time you attend a family event with your siblings, your kids, or grandchildren, or invest in friends you can impact their lives. Your influence can expand over multiple generations. Most of the time you just have to show up and let God will guide you in what to say and do.
In Genesis 21:33, there is a remarkable verse that illustrates this.
It might not be obvious at first glance. Here is how it reads:
Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God. And Abraham sojourned in the land of the Philistines for many days. (Genesis 21:33-34)
Digging up the arid soil to bury the seed of a tamarisk tree was tantamount to saying “This land is mine and God will be true to His promises!” It illustrates how Abraham literally got his hands dirty to make a statement of profound trust in God. It’s especially powerful since he had not yet taken possession of the land that had been promised to him.
Because this particular tree survives and provides shade in the desert, travelers and shepherds prize it. They also say “We plant tamarisks for our grandchildren because they grow so slowly. We may not enjoy them, but our grandchildren will.”
It was a memorable ceremony for Abraham to plant this slow-growing tree at the farthest boundary he could find. He had a large vision for preparing the way for what would impact future generations of his people. Then “he called on the Lord (Yahweh), the Everlasting God.” He publicly declared that he totally trusted God to fulfill His promise!
What is the equivalent of planting a tamarisk tree in your life?
What can you plant (intentionally invest) in your years that will bless future generations?
How much of a step of faith is it for you to think beyond your needs and put great effort into something that you might not see bear fruit in your lifetime?
Even though it may not be wise to gather with others right now, ask God to show you creative ways to encourage and provide relief for members of your family or friends.
Don’t underestimate the influence of your life on others. Seek The LORD hear his plans for how you can invest your time and talents to influence future generations. Your investment in lives of your family, friends, and younger generations with your remaining years is so needed in the church today.
We will not hide them from their descendants;
we will tell the next generation
the praiseworthy deeds of the Lord,
his power, and the wonders he has done.
5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
and established the law in Israel,
which he commanded our ancestors
to teach their children,
6 so the next generation would know them,
even the children yet to be born,
and they in turn would tell their children.
7 Then they would put their trust in God
and would not forget his deeds
but would keep his commands.