On a walk after dinner one evening, pushing William in his stroller, we went along a stretch of sidewalk we don't usually walk. Normally we're on the other side of the street, nearer the playground and grove of trees. But to extend our little constitutional a bit and avoid some extra-bumpy pathways, we crossed the street.
Between the sidewalk and some houses I noticed what looked like balls of greenery from a distance. As we got closer, however, they looked more like small bushes, so arrayed as to make me wonder why they looked funny. It wasn't until we were right next to them that I saw they surrounded what remained of a stump—a tree removed not recently, from the looks of it. A wide base, remains of roots still stretching out and snaking through the grass.
That tree had birthed those little bushes, those balls of greenery that will someday be big, wide, grand trees as what was once there. But that was just one tree; these seedlings give the promise of many more!
It's amazing what just one can do—one tree, one event, one person. One person died on the cross for us; one person gave us an awesome promise of eternal life. And from that one event comes forth a joyously exciting new life!
Like those seedlings, imagine what good God can do with a little seed you help plant. Compare it to having faith as a teeny little mustard seed: “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, 'Be uprooted and planted in the sea,' and it will obey you.” (Luke 17 : 6) That's not to say you could literally tell a tree to do that (though God certainly could), but big things you might not think possible ARE possible.
Hebrews 12 : 2
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
He who anchored and solidified our faith died for us for JOY. There was joy on the cross! And joy and excitement kind of go hand in hand—where there's joy, there has to be excitement.
How often do we get a second chance at life? Never. How often do we get a second chance at eternal life? Always! Every day! We sin every day and need God's grace every day, and come on, people—ETERNAL life. As in, never ending. As in, we get to spend forever with our Savior in heaven where there is a crown of glory for us (2 Timothy 2:10) and no tears (Revelation 21:4).
We are filled with an eternal, unconditional love and the Holy Spirit that guides us and gives us the spiritual energy we need in this world, looking forward to heaven. Now that's exciting!