Hear my cry, Lord, for the enemy lurks at every corner.
He is firing his darts at my armor and I am weakened.
My grace is sufficient for thee, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.
For some reason I cannot seem to remember this. This enemy's arrows are darkening my path. I can no longer see where I am going.
How did I get here?
My path wasn't this darkened path before me, but it was full of light and clear. There is something beside me. I can't tell what it is, but it looks like a ball of light.
I want to turn my head to see, but my armor is suddenly heavy, my sword and my shield are too.
How did they get so heavy? They weren't this heavy before.
I want to reach out to the light ... I even try... but an arrow darts between us. I am hit and also afraid, so I don't try again.
What is this light? I wonder ... and why is it still beside me?
I cry, How did I get here?
The Lord answers ...
Because you have refused to let Me battle for you, and you have refused to give Me your burdens. The light beside you is Christ. He is waiting to fight for you. Stand behind Him and cast on Him your burdens. They have fallen upon your armor, shield and sword burdening you with heaviness and weakening you for Satan. Give your burdens to Christ. I have sent Him for this purpose. You are weak to the adversary and he has overwhelmed you.
But do not be afraid...
MY grace is sufficient for you, for MY STRENGTH is made perfect in your weakness.
I sat and beheld a tree stump on top of many waters, and it grew.|
Its roots reached down forever and its body brought forth leaves.
No sooner than it had grown the leaves a serpent came to pull it under.
Help! The tree screamed, Help!
A flaming two-edged sword is sent from heaven. It cuts the serpent into halves and sets the tree free.
"Go now, and be fruitful", a voice
speaks, "so that I may taste of your fruits".
The tree is positioned on top of the waters again and it grows quickly, sprouting healthy leaves and fresh fruits. Soon after bearing these fruits a bigger serpent comes to pull it under, this time succeeding. The tree wrestles the serpent and barely manages to escape and once more a flaming sword is sent and it cuts the serpent into halves.
Once again the tree is positioned on top of the waters. "Go now, be fruitful", a voice speaks, "so that I may taste of your fruits".
The tree grew mightily and its fruits are ripened and ready to be plucked and eaten. And behold, a dragon came out of the mighty waters wanting to devour the mighty tree's fruit. Again a flaming sword came from heaven and the mighty tree used it to cut the dragon into many pieces. So the mighty tree grew even more until it ascended out of the many waters and into the heavens.
Now the tree stood before the Ancient Of Days, and the Son Of Man who is also called The Redeemer, and the mighty tree bowed itself before the Ancient of Days and cast forth its fruits. And it said, "Taste, my Lord, and tell me if I've pleased you".
The Ancient Of days tastes the mighty tree's fruit and is pleased.
He says to it, "Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have earned your place. Welcome