Can’t See the Tree for the Forest

Have you ever had one of those “aha” moments? A moment in time in which things come into focus?  The older I get, the more frequent those events become. Which leads me to wonder why I did not have these aha moments when I was much younger, but that is for another conversation.

My latest aha moment was probably the most thought-provoking, life-changing event I have ever experienced. It is amazing how the simple things of life bring about the most significant change. As I was looking through Facebook post, I saw a quote which immediately grabbed my attention. The inscription simply said:

“Long before Zacchaeus knew he could not see Jesus, God planted a tree.”

Recently, my prayers have been along the line of Mark 9:24 when a father said, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” No matter how hard I have tried, there has always been a seed of unbelief in my relationship with God. I cannot tell you how many times Satan has convinced me that I was trapped, that there was no way I could survive this particular ordeal, much less overcome it. You see, Satan knows that the moment I stop looking for my Lord and focus on myself, unbelief flourishes. All Satan needs is just a little doubt.

In response to my plea, God tells me a story about a tree. So now, rather than focusing on the forest of doubt and unbelief, I am looking for my tree, the tree that God planted to help me see.

If you ever doubt God’s personal involvement in your life, stop and take a look around you. I love to look at the night sky. Last night, I looked at the sky in a very different way. Rather than being amazed by the stars, I was amazed at the God who created them, for He created them especially for me.

In a recent Blog post, Dr. Shawn Shannon asked the question, “Who calls you friend?” For me, it is the One who planted the tree.

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Gary Sargent

Gary Sargent

Gary Sargent has served as UMHB's Chief of Police for the past eighteen years. His life goal is to be a person who makes a difference.
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Gary Sargent has served as UMHB's Chief of Police for the past eighteen years. His life goal is to be a person who makes a difference.