Happy Jewish new year! This is my favorite season because of the emphasis on Christ’s plan.
I have been thinking about what I was going to write about for Rosh Hashanah for several days but I haven’t had any ideas. This is ironic because Rosh Hashanah is probably my favorite holiday but I had nothing. I spent over three hours yesterday sitting at my computer trying to write and ended up with two different posts but nothing that I was comforatble sharing quite yet.
As I was getting ready to go to Synagogue this evening, I was in my room doing my makeup. I can spend quite a bit of time doing my makeup on certian days because I enjoy experimenting with the colors. It wasn’t long into my makeup routine until I realized that I needed some more light. I opened the curtains and realized how much the two fruit trees outside of my bedroom window have grown. These trees were planted four years ago (almost to the day). Something that is as simple as a fuirt tree has many lessons about faith. Here are a few things that I could think of.
1) It takes many years for a tree to grow. A tree that is big and strong takes years to establish. It does not happen quickly.
2) A tree has to have strong roots in order to stand.
3) If it is in a good environment, it will bear good fruit.
4) It becomes strong because of the conditions it endures. The trees here in Kansas are strong because they endure extreme weather conditions every year. They endure heat, blizzards, thunder storms, extreme wind, even mild tornados and can stay rooted in the ground.
During Rosh Hashanah we eat pomegrantes, dates, honey, and apples. What would we consume on Rosh hashana if the plants died as soon as the weather changed just a little bit?
Personally, the enemy has fought hard(er) to get me to fall into sinful habits duirng the high holy days. I look forward to see what G-d will reveal to me at each holiday, but I know that Satan doesn’t want me to find out. I know that I am not the only one! I can’t even imagine what the devil is trying to do to my fellow believers who are observing the feasts or even simply going before G-d in worship.
I hope that enemy won’t try to attack – anyone! But I know that he despises anyone who goes before G-d. Remember, when you put on the full armor of G-d, nothing is impossible. The strongest trees endure the most extreme weather conditions in order to have strong roots and bear fruit.
Keep your roots strong and may they strengthen during this holiday season. “Finally, be strong in the L-rd and in His mighty power” ~ Ephesians 6:10
Shanah Tovah Umetukah