When great sorrow occurs and what we love is cut down, in that place of deep and unimagined sorrow, hope is always present waiting to be revealed. At first, hope is difficult to see while we stand together before the stump of someone or something that was once alive but is now gone. In our shock, we feel paralyzed searching for an understanding of the unimaginable. As we process our grief, the Lord will gently remind us that nothing in this life can be cut down so far that the seed of hope is removed when He is involved.
“But as a terebinth or oak tree leaves a stump when it is cut down, so Israel’s stump will be a holy seed” (Isaiah 6:13).