what god has done and still is doing in my one life:
setting me free from baggage i carried with resignation, unsure how to set it down or if i even had the right to.
a tearing down to the foundation…rebuilding with his original design. one that feels truly me—not ill-fitting, not a supposed to or ended up that way.
a kind of gladness not crushed by mourning.
a re-planting to free up roots to grow deeper, allowing fruit to come.
then in may of this year i opened my door to be greeted by isaiah 61.
reading these verses…
i knew it was the naming ceremony. planted oak.
i knew i wanted people to know this speaks of them too.
you are meant to stand tall and long lived…to own promise of freedom and planting and bringing god glory.
the spirit of the lord god is upon me,
because the lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the afflicted;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to captives
and freedom to prisoners;
to proclaim the favorable year of the lord
and the day of vengeance of our god;
to comfort all who mourn,
to grant those who mourn in zion,
giving them a garland instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
so they will be called oaks of righteousness,
the planting of the lord, that he may be glorified.
isaiah 61:1-3 (NASB)