Last week I told you I read a few curious verses which got me to thinking about cycles. Not bicycles or motorcycles but cycles of life. Sometimes our great plans have started to wither and die. We go through a time of wondering: “What’s next.” The New Testament refers to this as pruning. (see John 15)
In Numbers 17, Aaron’s Staff started out as a seed that fell from a tree many years earlier. It sprouted from the ground and endured the seasons of sun, rain, draught and cold. It grew into a productive Almond tree and then someone cut the tree down. Part of the tree ended up as part of their home and some of the branches were used to cook the meals.
But a certain branch was pulled from the pile of slag to serve a different purpose. It was to be Aaron’s walking stick.
At some time, Aaron reached down and pulled the stick out of a pile of many other sticks and branches. He most likely scrapped the bark off and cleaned up the little sprouts that could be of some irritation to his hands.
He made a perfect staff to help stabilize him as he walked over the rough terrain that was in his life.
The staff at one time stood as a proud tree, was cut down and died. It could have just as easily been thrown into the fire because it had no other use, but Aaron chose to use it to help him walk the path that God had put him on. A dead branch, a dried-out stick, in the hands of a Godly man can do wonders.
God gave this dead, dried out stick, that was being used to help an old man walk, another cycle in its life. He used a dead stick to produce once again a nation of believers to worship, follow and obey Him.
We cannot use man’s reason or logic to understand God and His plans or His power. Do we truly grasp the depth of Rom. 5:19-21 ”For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous. The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”
We don’t have the last word, God does. He can take a dried-out stick and cause it to produce fruit. He can take a sinner and turn them into a child of God. He can change whatever is in our life that is causing us to feel like we are useless and unproductive and turn it into a staff with blossoms and fruit on it.
Just like the Almond branch that died and was cut down, it was then used to support a man on his journey through life, now God has put life and fruit back into it. Aaron’s staff was put back into service for God in a different way. Perhaps it’s time to ask God if a different cycle, a different goal, a different ministry, is a cycle change coming in your life? We can never consider our journey, our usefulness over until we stand before God. It isn’t over until God says it’s over! But are new blossoms coming your way?