Monday, February 15, 2010

Bent but not broken

North Texas experienced a first this past week…about 15 inches of snow! Some areas got a little more, some got a little less but they ALL got more than they had ever had before, in fact this winter storm set a new record! The landscape was magnificent as it glistened in its new winter cloak. I found the most breathtaking images were all the trees outlined with snow, they were beautiful! Unfortunately, the trees were not as nearly excited about the snow as we were and some of the limbs cracked under its weight and some trees, like the one in my parents’ backyard, fell apart entirely. We’re still mourning the loss of their enormous live oak that provided park-like shade to the yard and was a friend to numerous birds and squirrels. I believe a moment of silence is in order right about now…

In some ways, we are a lot like those trees. We start out as a seed, we grow and produce fruit and can be a blessing to those around us. Trees develop a large root system as they grow but their strong, stationary trunk limits their ability to move. Those who are rooted in Christ will also stand throughout the storm, however, having God as our trunk gives us the ability to be flexible so we can bend and not break as we endure the harsh wind and rain. Jesus grows us with grace and love which softens our hearts toward others and keeps us from being rigid. He instills us with the confidence that when the storms of life come (and they will) they will not destroy us. We will bend, endure and be made stronger for it…all for the glory of God!

Be blessed,
Jennifer

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2Corinthians 4:7-9

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