Welcome to “Be Still Saturday!” Sit down with a cup of coffee, or tea, or hot chocolate, or even soda, doesn’t matter, and spend a few minutes letting God speak to you through his word. Each week, I will share a single verse or passage that blessed my heart as I read through the Bible this year.
And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.Luke 19:1-6
Last week, in our family devotions, my husband read the story of Zacchaeus. I’m sure you’re familiar with the story of the “wee little man” who climbed into a sycomore tree to see Jesus. While my husband was reading, a quote came to mind that I had seen a while back and I looked it up on my phone. Then I shared it with my family and we talked about what it meant.
Long before Zacchaeus couldn’t see Jesus, the tree was already planted to meet his need.Author Unknown
I don’t know about you, but when I first read this quote, it blew my mind. Years before Zacchaeus ever thought about Jesus, Jesus had thought about Zacchaeus, and made sure a tree was growing near the Jericho road so he could use it when it was time.
I wonder if anyone ever considering chopping down that sycomore tree because it was in the way. Maybe for years travelers rested beneath its branches, completely unaware of the glorious event that would take place there one day. I wonder if Zacchaeus had spotted the tree at the moment, or if he was well-familiar with the location, and that’s why he knew Jesus would have to pass right by it.
You know, God knows what’s coming in our futures, and he plants things along the way that might make no sense now, or maybe we simply overlook them, but they are there for a purpose. A purpose we can’t see, but will make an enormous impact in our story later.
I can think of people I met years ago, that now play a big part in my life. Who knew at the time that they would be so important? God did.
Maybe you learned a random skill for the fun of it, that later turned out to be vital to a situation.
Or perhaps you’ve gone through something that you thought would be your end, and now on the other side, you wonder what purpose God had in making you endure such hardship. The lesson you learned will change everything for someone else in your future, if allow God to use your pain for your good and for His glory. You may be able to encourage a friend as they walk through that same fire.
What sycomore trees has God planted in your life?
Before I go, just an interesting side note about sycomore trees. In the ancient world, a sycomore tree was the symbol of regeneration. Now, it’s that ironic!?!