“Safe Branches”

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.”

Matthew 13:31-32 NLT

Of all the pictures Jesus painted of the Kingdom of Heaven, this one is most beautiful to me. The growth comparison is obvious—what began with a handful of disciples has infiltrated every corner of the globe!


However, it’s not the size of the tree that intrigues me—it’s what happens IN the tree: Birds come and make nests in its branches. Evidently Jesus wants us to know that the Kingdom tree is not only noticed because of its size—the Kingdom tree is to be attractive!


It seems that birds want to stay in this tree. It’s a shelter from the storms. It’s a resting place. It has strong limbs to protect their nests. No wonder birds come and make their home in this tree—it has safe branches.


How many people in our world today need a safe place where they won’t be labeled by their past? How many long for shelter from the storms of life? How many have searched everywhere for peace and rest?


God’s Presence is attractive. So, if I’m carrying HIS Presence, then my words and actions will demonstrate HIS love—and weary people will be attracted to those safe branches!


Father, may those who frantically fly around looking for peace,

find rest in YOUR love in the safe branches of my life.



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