We were at the Mount of Olives. Should have been black-and-blue all over from pinching ourselves with what we were seeing in the Holy Land. Were we in a dream? Is all this real? We’re strolling through the Garden of Gethsemene at the foot of the Mount of Olives. Looking at old olive trees. Some may have been from the time of Jesus! See what I mean about pinching ourselves? In the Garden, gazing across the Kidron Valley, to the city of Jerusalem, with the Temple Mount less than half a mile away. My wife and I could only shake our heads in wonder!
The olive trees were gnarled, twisted, chopped-off, rather dead looking. Not a pretty sight. A tree only its mother could love! We wondered–are they dead? They appear to be less than alive! Upon closer examination, you could see, from the side of the trunk, new shoots displaying life. New growth…as they had for hundreds and hundreds of years.
Job, is certainly feeling rather down-and-out, like a withered old olive tree. With but a drop of water, all that would change. Listen–‘At least there is hope for a tree: if it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant'(Job 14: 7-9). I love that phrase–‘…at the scent of water…’ A hint of mist, and things begin to happen. A slight increase in humidity and new life begins to stir.
For us, too. A whiff of added prayer. A dash of encouragement. A dollop more giving. A smidgen extra Bible reading. A pinch more witnessing. Gradually, little by little, shoots spring forth, leaves appear, fruit produced. Healthy growth for the Lord.
You don’t have much to offer Him? Neither do I. As a little boy, I used to play a vinyl record of the song ‘This Little Light of Mine’. I’d play it over-and-over again. Don’t have to be a big, blazing light. Only a little one. Key is to let it shine. Don’t hide it. Shine for Jesus. Will He bless your little light that shines for Him? Try it…you’ll see!
Prayer: Lord, let us shine for you. No matter how big or small our lamps, let us shine them so others can see you. Jesus, the Light of the World! Amen.