Today a dear friend and sister in Christ is here to share a devotional from her book, Morning Rendezvous.
Blessings from the Top of the Tree by Delia Latham
Pro. 10:6a (KJV)
Blessings are upon the head of the just;
It was a humdinger of a windstorm—unusually rough for California, where we lived at the time. Not anything approaching tornado severity, but enough to knock down a few trees, tear off a bunch of roof tiles and stir up some pretty nasty allergies.
Given my husband’s severe lung problems, high winds have become something to dread. They often blow in a ton of allergens, bringing on a week or so of severe discomfort. Needless to say, we were more than a bit unhappy about the storm.
A couple of days later, Aunt Vera dropped by our place, her arms piled high with three plastic grocery bags. All of them were stuffed full of pecans from her trees.
“They were all over my yard, after that wind the other night,” she announced. “I had to do something with them, and I know how Johnny loves pecan pies.”
All of the nuts within her reach had been harvested prior to the storm. These nuts came from the upper branches, the ones she couldn’t get to. “I guess they would have stayed up there until they rotted without that storm,” she said, with a wry little shake of her head.
After our sweet visitor left, I looked at those three bags of snacking nuts—three bags stuffed full of potential pies and other delectable desserts—and I saw them differently. They were the fruits of the storm—blessings from the top of the tree. Good things beyond our reach.
And God has a way of shaking them loose and raining them down all around us!
Since then, I try to remember to look at the storms of life through less jaded eyes, as well. During the blizzard, it’s hard to see anything but toppled trees and destruction to property. It’s difficult to look past the blowing garbage and allergic reactions.
While the wind blows, it’s almost impossible to remember that after the storm, God always sends a rainbow. After the winds, we reap the sweet-smelling, clean air and sunshine.
After He tries us, He showers us with good things…things previously out of our grasp.
We must learn to hold tight to God and just survive the storm. Because when it’s over, we get the blessings from the top of the tree!
Oh, God, how many times have You blessed me, and I failed to recognize the blessing? Please forgive my blindness and open my eyes to Your wondrous gifts. I want to see You…not only in the blessings that come after, but in the storm itself. Open my spiritual eyes to the things I should see. And Lord, thank You for all those good things You rain down on me from the top of the tree! Amen
Delia was born and raised in a place called Weedpatch, Delia Latham moved from California to Oklahoma in 2008, making her a self-proclaimed California Okie. She loves to read and write in her simple country home, and gets a kick out of watching her husband play Farmer John. The author enjoys multiple roles as Christian wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, but especially loves being a princess daughter to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. She loves to hear from her readers. You can contact her through her website or send an e-mail to delia AT delialatham DOT net.
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Jennifer, thank you so much for allowing me to visit your blog today! I hope someone is as blessed by this devotional as I was by the event that inspired it. 🙂
This was wonderful, Delia! What a great image and analogy. I could especially appreciate it since I have awful, annoying allergies too, hehe.
Thanks for sharing! 🙂
Allergies are the pits, aren’t they? lol Thank you for coming by, Lizzie!
Really good read for considering God’s goodnesd at the beginning of my day!
I grew up with a pecan tree in our front yard, and have memories of my father doing battle with the squirrels over the pecan crop. I think that could also be used as a devotional starter.
Only God knows all the stories and inspiration a pecan seed holds. Why have I never thought of all those cans and bags of nuts before as potential trees?
Oh, what special memories! I love pecans. Could you eat them? Or did they have to be prepared a certain way? When we lived in Kansas City, we have black walnut trees. I love walnuts but it was too much of a pain to get to the nut.