a myrtle bush.

“I will make cedars, acacias, myrtles, and olive trees grow in the wilderness; I will make evergreens, firs, and cypresses grow together in the desert.” – Isaiah 41:19

“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

I had the opportunity recently to meet with a missionary from SE Asia. He has been living in the United States for three years caring for his wife, who just recently passed away from cancer.  As he shared about his experiences here in the US, I could not help but be inspired by his joy, a deep and abiding joy that can only be found in God. A deep and peace-bringing joy that comes when a person knows that they will see their loved ones again.

This life is not the end all, be all.

Two years ago, his wife planted a few myrtle trees in their backyard, or what he calls, “myrtle bushes”. This summer is the first that they have truly blossomed. The flowers are beautiful, but he explained that you cannot really see or understand their beauty until you look at them closely – the beauty is in the details.

He put a hand full of detailed pictures online and friends from all around the world started to comment. One friend who he has hoped to share the gospel with for years commented. The conversation continued and he was able to share the verses above with this friend.

God is good. The gospel is on every page of the Bible if you only look. God will plant life in a deserted wasteland. We are to bring this lifebringing Truth to the world. From death to life. From barren to lush. God is good. The gospel is in the details of the Bible, in God’s plan woven through history.

Thankful today for this beautiful reminder.

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