The Girdled Tree

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 

Hebrews 11:1

I have never had to have a tree removed. I don’t need to because I have a puppy who has destroyed three already. The trees were young, and she was young, and I hoped they would outgrow her—but that wasn’t the case. I am no expert, but even I could tell that the tree was dead. The leaves were gone and the branches chewed off.

I have heard of a method for killing off invasive or unwanted trees called girdling. Girdling is done by stripping off a band of bark from the tree. This removes the part of the tree that transports sugars necessary for growth, basically stopping its food supply. The tree dies over a period of time. The tree won’t, however, look dead for all of this time frame. There will be evidence of life for a while. In time, the evidence of death will be obvious. Sighted evidence will line up with the reality that the tree is indeed dead.

Believing I am healed in the midst of evidence to the contrary is much like watching that tree, only in reverse. It requires that I look beyond the evidence. I have to look at what is not seen. What I can see with my eyes is not the whole story. I have to see with eyes of faith. See my knees bending properly, see my neck and shoulders moving freely, see my hands and fingers functioning unhindered. I have to see life where there seems to be death. One day, sighted evidence will line up with faith that I am healed, if I keep believing.

F.F. Bosworth writes, “The process of faith which brings the healing is a far greater blessing than the healing itself…. When we have learned the process of faith for receiving healing, we have learned how to receive everything else God promises us in His Word.”

I believe he is right. Putting our faith in God’s promises is an act of trust. Trust requires that we take Him at His word and hang onto His promises until we see the manifestation of what we are believing take place. 

Can you see what you are believing for in the midst of evidence that says forget it?

Can you continue to see past the evidence to the trustworthy promises of God?

Father, too many times, I have a hard time seeing beyond the evidence. I can count the years I have waited and hoped and prayed and still not seen the healing and I consider giving up. Forgive me, for placing more faith in evidence than I do in Your Word. You purchased my healing, You prophesized my healing, You promised my healing, You provided for my healing—what tremendous love is that! Thank You for caring so much about me and doing so much for me. When I am tempted to look for evidence, would You nudge me back to Your Word? I ask in Your trustworthy name, Jesus. Amen.

I would love to hear from you. Please let me know if I can be praying for you as well.

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