“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord And whose trust is the Lord. For he will be like a tree planted by the water, That extends its roots by a stream And will not fear when the heat comes; But its leaves will be green, And it will not be anxious in a year of drought Nor cease to yield fruit.” (Jeremiah 17:7-8 NASB)
This Spring our wildflower meadow was due for a burning. It had been three years since we had last done it. The winter had been hard and it was a brown, matted mess. We gathered our shovels, matches and blow torch and notified the fire department of our intentions.
When my husband started lighting the edges the flames licked hungrily to the center where the dried foliage was the thickest. I was surprised at how hot it burned. Even though the day was cold we were both soon sweating. In just a short time we were left with black smoking ground where the meadow had been.
It was hard to imagine we hadn’t ruined it completely. How could anything have survived the heat and flames? We put our tools away and left the blackened ground to cool down and rest.
Every day we looked at the blackness and wondered. Maybe it had burned too hot. Maybe the flowers were gone forever.
About 12 days after the fire we noticed a slight green haze.
Another 12 days later a miracle was taking place before our eyes. What once appeared black, smoking and dead, was now green with life.
Three weeks later the meadow was starting to bloom.
By mid-summer the flowers were thick and beautiful.
By early August the meadow had gotten too tall to look across. Many plants were five and even six feet tall. The meadow was spectacular!
Who would have thought?
Most of us long for the spectacular. We want our lives to be beautiful and fruitful. We want it to take our breath away.
Yet many of us find ourselves in the fire and heat. Difficulties come and we are overwhelmed by the sin in this world.
But like the meadow we need to let the fire and heat do it’s job. Wait for it…
What is dark and lifeless now will be alive again.
The fire we are walking through will not last forever. There will be beauty again where now it looks like dead ashes.
Just like the meadow survived because of the deep roots of the flowers that were planted there 30 years ago. So too, our roots must be deep in God to survive.
He sees. He has not left you alone. His good purpose will eventually come about and your life will be more beautiful than you ever thought possible. If not here on this earth, then forever in heaven with the Master Gardener.