Move Over Myrtle
Lynn Cowell

"Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtle will grow. This will be for the Lord's renown for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed." Isaiah 55:13 (NIV)

I could never figure out why my crape myrtle trees didn't look like "that."

When I drove my kids to school on those hot back-to-school days, I would see gorgeous myrtles all over the neighborhood, heavy laden with puffy flowers in hot pink, deep purple or pure white...but my myrtles never looked that.

One friend said they needed heavy pruning in the winter. So when the temperature dropped and all the leaves fell, I drug out my loppers and chopped away. There! That should do it! I thought. Summer came; summer went. No flowers.

Crape myrtles are not one of those trees that still look great without flowers. In fact, I grew tired of them in my front garden where they gawked at me, flowerless, day after day.

So, I called in a professional gardener. He informed me that crape myrtles need sunlight, so it didn't really matter what I did to those trees; they were not going to bloom in my cool, shaded yard. My choices were: put up with the lack of beautiful blooms, or pull them out. I opted for change.

Life can be a lot like my myrtles. Sometimes, we are just not blooming. We might try the recommendations of friends. You need a hobby. You need a different job. You need a man. Wait until this season is over and then make a change. Often, though, what we really need is Sonlight. The Professional Gardener will tell you getting in the Son is the only thing that is going to bring beauty.

In Isaiah 55:13 the prophet says that instead of briers, the myrtle will grow. Do you have any briers that need to be exchanged for myrtles in your life? Are you effective and are you living what the Bible refers to as an abundant life in Christ? Just as other trees in my yard cast too much shade for my myrtles, is there something in your life that is casting a shadow, blocking your Sonlight? If so, it is time to make the move into the Son.

Getting into the Sonlight, like moving a tree, is no easy task. It often involves change; sometimes a dramatic change. A change in habits, a ridding of addictions, a move in friendships, a laying down of dreams, or a picking up of one that you have feared. Part of soaking up the Son also includes spending consistent time with Jesus in prayer and reading His Word each day.

Don't be afraid of change, friend. The Psalmist said that pain comes in the night, but joy comes in the morning. In the end, the blooms that follow will tell the tale of the power of life in the Son.

Powerful Jesus, that is what I need You to be today. Powerful Jesus. I see the shadow on my life and often I fear that it will overtake me. You have promised that in You, with You, all things are possible. Show me where to move today Jesus, so that I position myself in Your Sonlight. Give me the discipline to study Your words so that my life will be for Your renown and an everlasting sign to others of life in You. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

Related Resources:
The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley

Have you ever had to move in order to get more light from Jesus? Stop by Lynn’s blog today and be encouraged by others who have done the same!

An Untroubled Heart: Finding Faith that is Stronger than My Fears by Micca Campbell

Intimacy with God: Establishing a Vibrant Quiet Time and Prayer Time by Tara Furman

Becoming More than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa TerKeurst

Application Steps: Go to BibleGateway and do a word search on your greatest struggle – jealousy, envy, conflict, etc. Write out one of the verses regarding this difficulty that speaks to you and read it several times a day until you know it well.

Visit our Everyday Life section to read how other woman are finding victory in the areas that are casting shadows in your life.

What areas in your life do you currently feel are blocking out Jesus' truth?

Do you have a friend that you could ask to pray for you on a regular basis in your struggle for victory in this area? Honesty is a powerful weapon in breaking the power of Satan in our lives.

Power Verses:
Isaiah 55:6-9, "Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (NIV)

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Blogger He Lifts Me Up said...

How beautiful and timely your message is today. I need Sonlight in my life. Please pray for me as I seek His will in my life.

Anonymous Anonymous said...

praying for Sonlight in my life as well....GREAT message..thank you so much for your encouragement...if i don't ever get to meet you on this earth..i know i will see you Heaven...i love your devotions...they are such a blessing to me...God bless you!

Blogger Kimberly said...

Lynn, God’s ways truly amaze me. Today, Lysa post to her blog inspired me to do what God has been prompting me to do for a long time. Make a change in my eating habits. Now you have to understand, like most women, this is going to be a huge challenge. (Thank the Lord my God is BIGGER than my huge problems!) As I read your post today, God reaffirmed my decision! I love the paragraph about getting into the Sonlight and making a change. Thank you for your post today. You were used by God to touch my life!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Am Truely blessed by this message. Quite often i find myself locked up in missery ever since we lost one of our most influential prayer partners in our home cell. I pray that we may bask in God's sonlight to take away this darkeness that overshadowed us and take us to new levels. God bless you sister. Judith UGanda

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this is a great devotional! i very much enjoy reading it, but do you know that none of your links work at the top of the page? i couldn't sign up for devotionals or meet the writers...

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