Thursday, August 30, 2012

Sycamore Bark


We passed by a patch of ground that had much American
Sycamore bark on the ground. This bark flakes off
during the year. This was an excessive amount of
bark. I had not seen this before.

What lessons can we learn from this in the
Shedding of bark is like shedding our protection. Our
protection in God is our faith. Satan can't get at
us as we are hid in Christ.
Ps 91, Eph 1, Eph 6, John1
Light overcomes darkness. Let us not shed our
protection 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 13:36

Gal 6:9 "Let us not lose heart in doing good, for
in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary."
Keep at the work of God, looking to Him to fulfill
what He has called you to do.

The purpose of bark is to protect the cambium. Life
of trees flows from the cambium area. Sap is moved in
the cambium. Water is moved from the roots up to
the leaves.

The shedding of bark also could mean that the
former purpose of faith has shifted. Some things
of faith in Christ never change, like salvation. We
are saved by grace through faith. That doesn't
change. Other things, such as a calling to do a work
for Christ, may remain for a season then change to
something else. So the flaking bark shows the tree
is putting on new bark and the old bark if

We outgrow or are promoted to a new work at the
direction of the Holy Spirit.

The Sycamore tree grows in girth and sheds its bark
as it grows. Many other trees' bark will expand and
the fissures of the bark widen as it grows in
girth. Sycamore can't expand its bark because the bark is brittle, so it sheds
bark as it grows.

Shedding of bark may indicate  fast growth of the
tree as the tree stem expands bark is shed so new
bark grows in its place.

Let us always be ready to grow in Christ and not
resist change.  

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