New Life

Written by: Carolyn Ruttan

A couple of years ago or so we went for a walk in a community a couple of hours away from the capital city of Tegucigalpa in which we reside. We noticed the “living” fences that were around some of the properties. These unique fences are made from limbs and branches that have been cut or ripped off of trees and thrown aside. The cast off branches are then planted in the ground in straight rows, watered and the barb wire is added afterwards to make a fence. It is amazing that from these cut off branches…new life grows! The planted limbs soon begin to sprout green leaves and eventually they will become full grown trees. Isn’t that amazing? Who would ever have thought that new life could come from something once cast aside?

I was actually reading about this today in the book of Job.

Job 14:7, 8,9 Even a tree has more hope! If it is cut down, it will sprout again and grow new branches. Though its roots have grown old in the earth and its stump decays, at the scent of water it will bud and spout again like a new seedling.

We all go through different seasons in this life. How many of us have ever felt cast aside and rejected and alone? Maybe things don’t work out the way we thought they would, the way we had hoped. Plans fail. We may feel like giving up. Hope is gone. We may even feel rejected and abandoned by God.

There is hope! The Lord never abandons us. He is always there. He is there in the midst of whatever storm we are going through, whatever mountains we are facing and whatever we are struggling with. When we feel like giving up, He is there. When we feel like a failure, He is there. When we feel alone,  He is there. New life can spring forth from something that was once dead and cast aside. There is hope when we are broken and rejected and that hope is in Him.

2 Corinthians 4:8 We are pressed on every side by our troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but NEVER ABANDONED by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed

IS  43:19 For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness.  I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.

Psalm 71:20 You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. You will restore me to even greater honor and comfort me once again.

Jeremiah 17: 8 They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried about long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.