Welcome to the Sunday Devotion. This week I was overwhelmed with beauty. There was a picture on social media that as I gazed at it, it pulled me closer to the Holy Spirit. My heart began forming thoughts and a sense of invitation. This picture stirred so much in me that I would like to share it with you as our simple devotion today. So take a deep breath and exhale. I invite you to find the majesty of God as you gaze upon this magnificent expression of God’s sacred creation.
When I look at this tree, I see the outreached arms of God.
O God, I am only a small speck in this world, but I know you have room for me where I can shelter when I am afraid.
A place where I can be weak because you are strong.
A place that is sometimes distant, but never so far that you can’t reach me.
There are so many directions that I could go, but you are always there.
Look again at this picture. Where are you? Down low and well-grounded? Near the center, or up high? Perhaps you are out at the outermost tip of a branch. But are you confident of God’s strength or are you hanging on and fearful of falling? Somedays, are you snug at the center, resting well where the branch starts to spread outward, but close to the trunk of the tree?
I invite you to gaze again at this magnificent tree and create your own story, your place, in the arms of God.
Where are you?
Author: Bonnie Barber
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Various authors throughout the Chesapeake Bay Mission Center and beyond provide these thought-provoking weekly devotions.