We passed by a patch of ground that had much AmericanSycamore bark on the ground. This bark flakes offduring the year. This was an excessive amount ofbark. I had not seen this before.What lessons can we learn from this in theSpirit?Shedding of bark is like shedding our protection. Ourprotection in God is our faith. Satan can't get atus as we are hid in Christ.
Ps 91, Eph 1, Eph 6, John1
Light overcomes darkness. Let us not shed ourprotection of faith and confidence."For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised." Hebrews 13:36Gal 6:9 "Let us not lose heart in doing good, forin due time we will reap if we do not grow weary."Keep at the work of God, looking to Him to fulfillwhat He has called you to do.The purpose of bark is to protect the cambium. Lifeof trees flows from the cambium area. Sap is moved inthe cambium. Water is moved from the roots up tothe leaves.The shedding of bark also could mean that theformer purpose of faith has shifted. Some thingsof faith in Christ never change, like salvation. Weare saved by grace through faith. That doesn'tchange. Other things, such as a calling to do a workfor Christ, may remain for a season then change tosomething else. So the flaking bark shows the treeis putting on new bark and the old bark ifoutgrown.We outgrow or are promoted to a new work at thedirection of the Holy Spirit.The Sycamore tree grows in girth and sheds its barkas it grows. Many other trees' bark will expand andthe fissures of the bark widen as it grows ingirth. Sycamore can't expand its bark because the bark is brittle, so it shedsbark as it grows.Shedding of bark may indicate fast growth of thetree as the tree stem expands bark is shed so newbark grows in its place.Let us always be ready to grow in Christ and notresist change.