At the “Homestead,” the name given to our home in Clark’s Valley, are four stately conifers, pine trees. The trees tower over the landscape. I have no idea how old the trees are but they are magnificent trees. There are many conifers on the property, spruce, cedar, hemlock and Virginia pines. One of the towering pines is a white pine distinguished from the other conifers by its long pine needles and cylindrical pine cones. White pine trees are monoecious, which means that they can produce male and female cones. The male cones that open to release pollen in the spring are distinctly different in size and shape from the female cones that fall to the ground in autumn. The long cylindrical female pine cones that cover the ground in autumn are open indicating that they have shed the seeds they have produced.
As I rake the vast number of pine cones and incalculable number of pine needles from the white pine tree, I am reminded of the purpose of each cone. The tree has been designed and equipped from its Creator to multiply, to continue the life process of its species.
I believe that our heavenly Father has also ingrained that same purpose within every one of His children, those who have made a conscious decision to accept salvation in Christ Jesus. We have been equipped to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ in fulfilment of our purpose as children of God. This privilege of proclamation is often viewed in fear or as a burden. The reality is that when we proclaim how Jesus has impacted and transformed our life it fulfills our mission as disciples of Christ.
Today as you consider pausing at noon to Bend-A-Knee in prayer may you ask God to give you the boldness to share your love for God with someone. May you view the privilege of proclamation as an opportunity to fulfill your purpose and advance His Kingdom. May you be reminded of your purpose in every pine cone you see and be inspired to share the seed of God’s Kingdom.
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