Isaiah 4:2-6 (MSG)
And that’s when God’s Branch will sprout green and lush. The produce of the country will give Israel’s survivors something to be proud of again. Oh, they’ll hold their heads high! 3 Everyone left behind in Zion, all the discards and rejects in Jerusalem, will be reclassified as “holy” – alive and therefore precious. 4 God will give Zion’s women a good bath. He’ll scrub the bloodstained city of its violence and brutality, purge the place with a firestorm of judgment. 5 Then God will bring back the ancient pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night and mark Mount Zion and everyone in it with his glorious presence, his immense, protective presence, 6 shade from the burning sun and shelter from the driving rain.
Further study scriptures for today: Psalm 72:1-7, 18-19;  Acts 1:12-17, 21-26.
What a BEAUTIFUL image… God’s branches to  burst in lush green spouts, to claim us as HOLY – alive and therefore precious!’  This parallels one of my favorite verses, John 15:5 that Jesus tells us ‘He is the vine and we are the branches, cut off from Him and we can do nothing.’  This I believe fully.  I’ve seen it in my own life. In times of trials, doubt, busyness or self-righteousness, along comes a song, a sermon,  a scripture, or even wise words of a friend to remind me to check my branches, examine my heart, change my ways, and find God’s purpose again.   
When my heart is aligned with Jesus, filled with the Holy Spirit and God’s love flowing through my veins, I know there isn’t anything I can’t do no matter what purpose or goal is on my plate. Once I recognize  this certainty, I then am able to see God’s plan slowly unfold, with His strength woven into the very fibers of my works,  and I trust, beyond any doubt that whichever task that I take on,  that if in the end it is not for God’s glory, it is a waste of time.  And it has taken me a lifetime to figure this out and to stop wasting time. There is so much good to be done, we just have to open our eyes and hearts  to see what is around us.
To be fruitful is to grow fruit [of the spirit –Galatians 5:22-23) on our branches [life with Jesus]. A life devoted to serving with a purpose that brings honor and glory to our King.  To be intentional to prayerfully consider what comes our way and trust Jesus in it all, He will make it happen with the time, talent and treasures that God has given each of us.  As we sharing and extend God’s love and message to all we encounter, we experience  peace and contentment, even in the busyness and chaos of life.
Picture a tree, like the one above.  The strong tall trunk is Jesus. We are the branches that sprout from that trunk.  The  leaves are the fruit we produce [love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control].  If a branch is cut from the tree, it and the fruit/leaves wither and die.   We are alive and living, and this image is a keepsake of Jesus in the forefront of our lives, because he is our source of life, strength and eternal salvation.
See the beauty of lush and blooming trees all around and be reminded of  your relationship and life with Jesus, our Savior, our conduit to our Heavenly Father. 
 
Prayer:   Lord, let my branches flourish and bloom and be fruitful.  May my heart be in tune to you with every choice, decision, and step I make.  May all that I do be for your glory and Your glory alone. You Lord, are my source of live – I am Alive!   AMEN!
Kris