Strong and graceful oak trees.

February 14, 2007 at 8:24 am 1 comment

Jesus walked into the local Jewish synagogue in Nazareth, opened up the Scriptures and read His job description: He has appointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the broken hearted and to announce that the captives will be released and the prisoners will be freed.  He has sent me to tell those that mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come. (Isaiah 61:1-2)

Many of us carry around with us names like the ones Jesus used to describe His mission: poor, broken hearted, captives, prisoners, mourners.  They are the descriptors of what we have become as we live in this world. As Jesus read those words He was declaring that a new day had dawned and that new names were being given out.  Jesus was announcing that radical change was coming and it could be ours.

To all who are poor, broken hearted, in bondage or mourn, He will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, praise instead of despair.  For the Lord has planted them like strong and graceful oaks for His own glory. (Isaiah 61:3)

These are our new names.  This is the work of Jesus.  He gives, we receive and His splendor breaks out in the culture.

The radical change Jesus predicted is here.  Every morning I must claim it as my own.  Trust that it is for me and live in beauty, joy and praise. 

The other morning I drove a load of soil to a nursery south of where I live.  As I drove into the property there was a massive oak tree that had been damaged by a recent windstorm.  All around its base were broken limbs, but the tree was still standing strong and graceful in the middle of the brokenness. 

It reminded me of this Word. He has declared us to be strong and graceful oak trees in the middle of our brokenness and pain.  That He would see my brokenness as a display of His splendor is a powerful picture to live.

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Entry filed under: Christianity, Faith, Jesus, Thoughts.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Carol Davis  |  February 16, 2007 at 2:00 pm

    Yo Bro,

    Thankyou for making it so easy to see what the heck you are up too.

    Stopped in today to make contact with three people, you being the first.

    Got as far as reading about Oak trees and what you saw while delivering dirt.

    Be prepared for a visit soooon.
    I look forward to being able to read all of this one and the others you have sent.

    Carry on, Call Mark, continue to flow as you are, blessings on your very head.

    ~CD~

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