Day 9: From a Stump to a Tree

“There before me was a messenger, a holy one, coming down from heaven. He called in a loud voice: Cut down the tree and trim off its branches; strip off its leaves and scatter its fruit. Let the animals flee from under it and the birds from its branches. But let the stump and its roots, bound with iron and bronze, remain in the ground, in the grass of the field.” – Daniel 4:13-15

From Dear Dad…

Just as Daniel interpreted the dream, it was so. King Nebuchadnezzar was driven away from the people and sent to live with the wild animals. For seven years he grazed in a field like an animal until he renounced his sins. But, in the end, Nebuchadnezzar “raised his hands toward heaven, and his sanity was restored. Then he praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever” (Daniel 4:34). He was restored.

I may not be grazing in a field, eating grass, with fingernails as long as a Ram’s horn, but my tree was trimmed down to a stump. My pride was part of the cause. God cut Nebuchadnezzar’s tree down, but he left the stump and roots. Not only that, but he covered them in bronze and iron. He protected the stump because he knew eventually, I think, that the king would be humbled again and come back to him.

I had to become a stump again. I am still a growing tree, covered in God’s protection while He flourishes me. Someday soon I will be a strong, tall tree that bears beautiful fruit and feeds others with the gifts God has given me. Someday I will say, “I was once but a stump, but now I am a fruitful, beautiful tree.”

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There are times in each of our lives where God has to cut the tree down in our lives in order for us to be built back up. Whether it’s pride, an addiction, an affair, fear, or something else, sometimes it’s the only way to get our attention.

Regardless of our situation, He will still protect us as we grow. He will cover our stump and roots with iron and bronze as we fight to get to the other side of freedom.

Though the process of my becoming a stump appeared a crazy mess, looking back I can see the beauty as the tree slowly flourished. Soon there were branches, leaves, and fruit. Today He has given the opportunity to allow me to feed that fruit to others.

Whatever circumstances you are going through right now, remember this: Someday you will say, “I was once a stump, but now I am a fruitful, beautiful tree.”

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Sundi Jo Graham

Sundi Jo is an author, speaker, and small business owner, making her home in Branson, Missouri. She blogs at sundijo.com on life, faith, and health. Sundi Jo believes you can't live life without laughter, and that Dolly Parton is the greatest singer ever. You'll find her engulfed in the social media world, spending time with friends and family, hanging out in flip fops, or dreaming of being a "Chopped" chef. Find her on Twitter (@sundijo).