As I sat eating breakfast, there is a flowered plant on the table and as I looked at it, I thought that all the beautiful flowers that God has created here on this earth are just very tiny hints of what the Lord has in store for us as we go to be with Him. Even with my wild imagination, I can envision but a poor thought of what it might look like. As I thought about this, I thought of how even what we have here must be given sunlight and water or it will die. Immediately as the thought crossed my mind, a flower fell off onto the table and died. It felt like God was listening to my thoughts. I know He is real and I am anxious to meet Him face to face.
Proverbs 22:1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.
When I was born, my earthly father gave me the name Sherwood. This name actually means, ‘a clearing in the forest’. I have often thought of what that means in my life with God. I have thought many times that it was to clear away the debris of world opinion against the God of Creation and give some understanding to what it means to follow after Him. Thus I have seen, as I look back, that that is exactly what I have been doing in the last few years here in this blog. (Incidentally, I hate that name, blog, for what it is that we write) To continue, recently, I was at a meeting where a group of folks had come from the States and were about to pray over some of us individually. I was selected as one and the couple prayed and then one of them said, I have just been told your spiritual name, it is, “Sequoia”. (A sequoia is a very tall tree) As I have prayed about this and sought God about this name, I keep coming up with this picture in my mind of a tall sequoia tree in the midst of a clearing in the forest. The image I have selected for this article is as close to what I have visualized as I can find. But to go one step further, I feel the Lord is giving me a different spelling og my spiritual name, “Seqoiyah” and I like that a lot as it puts me in connection with the Great “I AM”. Thank you Father.
Matthew 24:37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
It does not take a lot of understanding to look around and see what kind of condition the world has and is becoming. There are riots and anarchy in the streets all over the world. There are vicious murders taking place everywhere and senseless acts of violence that was unheard of fifty years ago. It seems to be coming down to a world that does not want the God of creation in their lives because of all the evil in their hearts. There is lying and cheating and lust and pornography and greed in nearly every area one might see. And the Christian and Jewish heritage is hated with a passion because it shows up the truth of the lives that go against Gods eternal word. I am absolutely stunned by the violence that took place and is taking place because of the inauguration of Mr. Trump as president of the United States. I am so very blessed to be living where people take God seriously. So, I say to those who take God at His word , “Look up for your redemption draws near.”