Lessons from the Bible found on the farm #3: Looking for beauty…

imageto grant to those who mourn in Zion—
    to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
    the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
    the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.  – Isaiah 61:3 ESV

I was working in the garden at my house yesterday  and noticed a tree that I had never paid attention to before. It was a catalpa tree in full bloom. (Picture at Right). In this grown up pasture that we do not tend, save for trimming out a little plot for our garden, is this large beautiful tree among all the mess and overgrown weeds. Not really noticed, but there all the time.  When the time is correct, you cannot help but notice this tree- in God’s timing.

This is why we do what we do in ministry. to work among all the overgrown mess of this world and the work of the enemy. To encourage maturing students, so that when the time is right, they will bloom large and full in the face of all the adversity around them.

Don’t miss that beauty. It is God’s work.

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Brent Lacy

Youth Pastor. Web Designer. Homeschool Dad. Former Child Abuse Investigator. IT Technician. Writer. Lock-in Survivor. Rural Ministry Advocate. These all describe the experiences and stories that are part of Brent Lacy’s time in ministry. Brent grew up on 160 acres of corn, soybeans and cattle in Southern Illinois. He is currently a Rural Ministry Specialist with National Network of Youth Ministry (NNYM), based in Rockville, Indiana where he lives with his beautiful wife and three awesome kids in the Covered Bridge Capital of the World! His book "Rural Youth Ministry: Thrive Where You're Planted" is available at SimplyYouthMinistry.com and on the Kindle Store.

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