By Kristie Woods
Here we go! The Davey trucks arrived! With chainsaws running, everyone was buzzing about the trees coming down so the building can go up! And then it hit me, “Do all the trees have to go? I hate seeing a good tree cut down.” I was assured they did and new ones would be planted.
At lunchtime, I popped over to the property to see how it was going. One remaining tree was being stripped of its branches. That perfectly good tree stood tall through the strongest of storms, provided shade on the hottest of days and it was being destroyed. It had to go to make room for a new Refuge of Hope. The tree might as well have been in the shape of a cross.
Jesus lived as a perfectly good man weathering the stormiest of days and providing comfort to those in need. He stood strong amidst his tormentors while being stripped and beaten; he took up the cross for the sins of you and me. He had to die so that we can live eternally with Him.
2 Corinthians 5:15 reads, “And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.” With your help, Refuge of Hope is raising a new building where this tree died so that we can all live for Him by loving, sheltering and feeding our brothers and sisters in Christ.
Later that afternoon, I learned the reason the lonely tree was still standing at lunchtime. It was home to a honeybee hive. Mueller Honey Bee Rescue was called to relocate the hive. The tree was dead inside but had a purpose for the bees living within. When we give ourselves to Christ, we become alive with Him in our hearts. We have purpose. We are called to buzz about the Good News. Death has lost its sting. Praise be to God!
Alive in Christ,