Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Beauty from Ashes - Part One
Yes, last year was one of the worst droughts on record in the state of Texas. With no measurable rain since January of 2011, temperatures climbed to 100 degrees or more and stayed there for over three months.
Then came the fire.
High winds brought down an electrical line. One small spark, tinderbox landscape, and 30 mph sustained winds resulted in one of the worst fires in Colorado County history. Homes were lost, landscape charred, and lives forever changed.
The day that fire ravaged our land changed us too. I'll never forget the lingering stench of smoke and ashes, or what it was like to help someone sift through the remains their home. The excitement shared when a set of china was unearthed intact. Or the laughter over a charred pickle.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
God's ways are definitely not our ways. Things happen in life that sometimes make us question His plans. We can wallow in self pity and question why, or we can cling to God's promise. We can be angry or we can trust.
God is faithful. I've seen His hand and I will choose to trust.
Happy Tuesday, y'all.