It’s ok to be a sap…sapling that is

Sapling Pt. 1
After, being planted for the splendor of the Lord (Isaiah 61:3) and being cared for by the Master Gardener (Isaiah 61:10) we are now a young tree, called a sapling.

Characteristics
• Pretty tolerant of changes in the environment, easily adaptable to changing conditions
• Needs time to develop a deep, supporting root system
• Soaked
• Lack strong protection
• Possibly need outside support
• No need for pruning
Conclusion: ungainly teenagers
o Exponential growth, little support or coordination, little to no protection (no tough hide on the outside – bark – and not a well established root system to anchor)
o We have to be careful with them, but not as careful we think
Tolerance/Adaptability
• A sapling can be transported relatively easily (for the tree) without it receiving much damage. This is not encouraged but is possible.
o You don’t want to move if you don’t have to.
o Psalm 92:13-15 “The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, proclaiming, “The Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”
• Resilient to sun scald
o Sun scald is when the bark gets burned by constant exposure to the sun
o Mature oaks are as well, just not as resilient as young oaks
 Once you know the SON, there is no burn to come, no offense
 You’re rooted in him, you’re not moving, you’re standing firm

Time
• Time is necessary
o When you savor something, you just stuff it into your mouth and swallow without tasting something, right?
o When you want to do something correctly, you rush through it and skip steps, right?
o The answers are of course NO!
o Conclusion: time is necessary, so be patient
• James 5:7-8 “Be patient, then brothers, until the Lord’s coming See how the farmer waits for the Land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm because the Lord’s coming is near”
o This is common sense – we didn’t plant an already germinated seed so we don’t become mature oaks without first being saplings.
o Benefit: Oak wood becomes more attractive as it weathers and ages. Becoming more beautiful and pleasing to the Lord takes time, for growth and weathering.
• Psalm 37:7 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”
o You can’t rush God, He has perfect timing.
o He is the gardener, let him tend the garden in your heart, let him dress your soul how he deems

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