We went on a 10 mile hike this past weekend. The boys were excited because the past couple we have done were long but easy……this one……not so much. They changed the name of the trail to ‘death trap’. Up and down, switch backs, it was a killer, ha!
I think the Lord really showed me something along the way. Mile after mile. I thought I would share with you my encounter. The whole hike was gorgeous, it got to where there were times when you were heading up hill what seemed forever and then you would start to hear the rushing river and in anticipation waiting to see the beauty and water flowing on by.
A well deserved break.
Of course I have to put this in there too. Watching Jim whiddle away on this tree thinking, “oh how cute, how romantic” until I saw it! Ha! It gave us something to laugh about the rest the grueling way to the top.
Love them, I just do!
So, back to what I learned…….this fascinated me. As we were beating down the miles, it was gorgeous, so green, so lush, the whole way. Then we began to get into steep ground and as we were climbing it began to look much darker and we realized at some point, Jim was guessing about 10 years ago, there was a major lightening storm that caught the forest on fire. It was a little eerie.
But we also noticed that the strong trees that didn’t get the burn were holding the burned trees up and keeping them standing.
Then again we would come upon, the water, so strong and it just took over. It had an authoritative feel to it. The beauty was unmeasurable. It was something the forest counted on when it had been thru such destruction going thru the fire.
So here is the beauty of it all. As we were walking back I was realizing the beauty that was coming out of the fire. The flowers, I began picking a little of each thing I saw, the boys started helping me put my bouquet together. It was breathtaking. At the bottom we took a picture of the vibrant beauty that came out of the fire, the storm.
Then I realized, as we got out of the ‘fire’ the flowers were no longer to be found. It was still beautiful, but pretty mundane, no new real life, green foliage, lush and thick but no other colors. It was super apparent and noticeable, it was like there was a line, storm, no storm.
The Lord showed me this is spiritually what happens to us in our life as well. We are going along, growing but a little on the boring side (smile) no real change, surviving but the same.
All along the way there is the Living Water giving life, feeding, watering, never ending flow. Always willing to be apart of me and who I am. I am always anticipating the next time I get to be apart of ‘seeing’ the Water, there is an anticipation there that I always thirst for, I need it!
Then, the storm comes along and there is a time (possible 10 years) of ugly, of just trying to survive what I had just been thru. There are family, friends, who got missed when the fire was sweeping thru but they chose to stay and hold up the one that was hurting, so they may have a chance to show life again, keep me on my feet.
All along……even at the very end of the journey and as we were traveling back there was still the rushing waters ready to fill me once again.
So, I think I learned that instead of resenting the fire that has or is going on in my life I need to realize the Living Water only brings beauty out of ashes and sometimes it is painful and ugly but in the end the new life coming from it makes it all worth it.
Because honestly? A little fire may be worth it so that I don’t stay stagnant and look the same time after time. I want to keep growing and show new things out of my life.
It makes me appreciate a little more the hard things that I go thru, and it assures me that Jesus is always there to feed me whatever state I am in.
Oh, and Happy 4th, thank you all who fight so that we may have the freedom to love Jesus outwardly and freely.
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