If the stump of a tree that has been cut down but has its roots drinking in water from the depth can produce mushrooms, and be able to contribute to the well being of humanity; how much more can a living person produce from within and contribute to humanity though his/her dreams be cut off but has his/her roots still connected to Christ the fountain of water? You have no excuse my friend!
The tree’s function is multi purpose! That of giving us oxygen was lost when it was cut down. But not all was lost, the stump still has the ability to stabilise the soil and has nutrients to fertilise even the mushrooms. Your first function might have been lost through circumstances, but not all is lost. Your purpose has not been lost! There’s still something in you that you can use to continue to contribute to the well being of the world. If you don’t know how to find it, simply ask.

A tree was cut down because people thought it had outlived its purpose. The tree stump was left standing and no one believed that a tree could grow back from its stump. The tree stump still had roots which still drank from the deep waters. And it still had some nutrients. After what was felt was the trees’ Initial purpose was fulfilled, it was rendered useless. The stump signified the end of its use. However, the stump didn’t give up on itself. It kept drinking from the deep and it found a new purpose. It became the source of growth for mushrooms. It supported the growth of something new. If a dead tree can produce mushrooms, how much more can a living person produce? You may think your purpose is done, but could be the birth of a new purpose of supporting others with the knowledge and wisdom you have gathered a long the way.

In the bible, Lazarus died and was buried. People gathered to mourn his demise, but because he connected deeply with his source in life, even in death he could hear his masters’ call, “Lazarus, come out!” He walked out of the grave in his grave clothes. He rose from the dead and his second life was a testimony to others and many put their faith in Christ on account of Lazarus’ life. He became the source of a new birth for others.

“When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”” John 11:43-44

If a dead man can walk out of the grave, and live to inspire others, how much more can a living person step out of their dead situation. A dead job, a redundancy, job loss, now so common in this pandemic with people being laid off their jobs. Hard as it may sound, this could be the beginning of something new for some. If the glass is half full, surely there’ll be new opportunities.

If Jesus can speak to a dead man and command him to step out, how much more is he willing to speak to a living person?

We were all created to be fruitful and to multiply, but often times we choose to go dry and become unproductive or simply live in mediocrity. Jesus called out the dead Lazarus, and he walked back to life! Today, the call is to whatever lies dead in you, be it health, skills, talents but to name a few!

Let the new you come out and be a source and support of something new in others. Dreams can live again, faith and hope restored.

Tree stump thought to be purposeless – picture by BC
Tree stump turned into a source of new growth – Picture by BC
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