As I walked the parking lot, my eyes were drawn to several trees with multiple branches off the main trunk. The message was profound. It was personal. It was intimate.

Stacey, in life you have choices you have to make every day. You have lives that will come and go and an impact to make on each life that crosses your path. Each choice you make leads you to a new direction. Choose wisely.

But then this tree not only spoke of choices and direction, but missed opportunities or closed doors.

And that was painful.

As I observed each knot hole and branch that was cut back I thought of all the opportunities I have missed out on because of fear. I thought of the plans I established that the Lord said no to. I thought of closed doors due to the wrong timing . . .

But then there was this one . . . this one spoke volumes.

While there were roadblocks and delays . . . obstacles . . . the tree didn’t quit growing.

It merely paused for a moment in time in order to grow stronger for the new journey ahead.

Seasons of rest often bring growth and new opportunities.

I finished my walk and chat with the Lord. As I turned the corner I was stopped in my tracks from the warmth and brilliance of the sun peeking over the trees . . .

He is everywhere.

He’s a good – good Father.

And He is faithful.

Even in the bad choices.

Proverbs 2:6 – For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth comes knowledge and understanding. Lord give me wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight. Lord, help my unbelief.

1 Corinthians 10:31 – So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. Lord, may all I say and do always point to you and for your good and glory.

Proverbs 16:2 – All the ways of a man are clean in his own sight, but the Lord weighs the motives. Lord, keep my motives pure.