Hiking along my parents’ property the other day, I saw this little pine tree. No more than 1 1/2 feet tall. Burned at the bottom. Surrounded by prickly holly that was burned in the forest fire and no longer alive. Sitting on land that has very little growth, mostly grasses. The land all around is dry as can be. The little pine tree was struggling in a difficult situation, against the odds. But it hadn’t given up.
It got me wondering – how often do we find ourselves in situations like this little pine tree? We are in the midst of something we didn’t create but that burned up everything around until it was no longer recognizable. What do we do then? Do we struggle on, looking for help from the Lord above who knows all, sees all and has all in His hands? Or do we look around us at the burned up areas and say “well, there’s nothing left; I give up”?
God gives us encouragement and hope in His word. Take a look at these verses. He knows we are going to be travelling through some burned out, barren lands at times but He will be with us through it. And He reminds us of that often in His word. Here are three examples of His word but there are so many more.
So, when you look around at the landscape in which you have lived most of your life and no longer recognize it because of the forest fire that has ravaged your life, turn to God’s word to help you struggle through in the midst of the thorns. May you be blessed by God as you struggle forward. At Home.