Have you ever been watching the news and seen a wildfire blazing through a forest? Or maybe you have experienced first hand such an event at some point. Your first thought is devastation and despair. You begin to think “ How can this place ever have life again? “
But nature, in its God given design and DNA knows that this day is coming. And there are certain species of trees and plants that for many years will lay dormant upon or in the ground. They have a hard shell that surrounds them and protects them. At a certain point when the fire hits them, they open up. And when all else around them is nothing but ash, they survive! They begin to spring forth and rise up! And over time we find a thriving, beautiful forest with birds singing, deer bustling through the forest and nature is at peace again.
Here is an almost absolute fact at some point devastation is going to knock on your door. You are going to look around you and feel the heat and see that everything you have is going up in flames. And all those years of hearing that message of hope from your pastor, those bible studies from the small group and the encouragement from the older saints in your life have encased around your soul and hardened just for that moment when the heat hits your heart, and it will open up. And a new and beautiful and precious thing will spring forth and give others much needed hope. Surround yourself today with The WORD of hope so on that day! You too can be that fire-activated seed that gives others hope.
Galatians 6:8 Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.