October 22, 2019
The Unexpected Beauty of a Winter Storm
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without the need of watering the earth and generating it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will achieve what I wish and attain the goal for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11, NIV).
Buddy to Buddy
The view took my breath away. For two hours, I’d been hiking 1 of Colorado’s numerous hiking trails, backpack-laden, sweat dripping, calves burning. In the span of two miles, I’d climbed practically a thousand vertical feet, not a compact accomplishment taking into consideration the rocky terrain and incline. Every single step needed intentionality, each and every move full concentrate.
Not to mention breathing.Higher-altitude breathing. Trust me when I say it is tough to get oxygen that higher in the sky.
But the view at the prime created all the sweat and struggle of the two hours ahead of worth the work. Spread out in front of me sat the complete Breckenridge Valley, the ski slopes carving up 1 side, the tops of numerous other mountain peaks dotting the other. I could see the winding stretch of highway weaving in and out of the trees beneath, seeking like a lengthy grey snake warming himself in the sun. A handful of lakes dotted the scene as effectively as the 1st indicators of trees prepping to turn the colors of fall.
As I mentioned, breathtaking. But what captivated my interest most wasn’t the mountain tops or pine trees.
It was the wildflowers. Lengthy, lush stretches of purples, greens, yellows, pinks and blues covering the rocky terrain with a blanket of colour. Exquisite.
According to current news reports, Colorado was enjoying 1 of its greatest wildflower displays in current history. Several nearby sources advised Coloradans head outdoors to verify out the show.
The explanation for this unexpected spread of colour?
Final winter’s brutal snows.
The explanation I could climb a mountain and appreciate unprecedented colour was for the reason that of a lengthy, tough, snowy season just a handful of months ahead of. From November by means of April, we endured 1 of the heaviest snow seasons in the Rocky Mountains. And all that moisture prepped the soil for Spring’s glorious flowers. Devoid of all the snow, I would’ve enjoyed a good hike and beautiful mountain scene. But without the need of the breathtaking colour.
It is not simple to savor the harsh seasons when we’re in the middle of them. We’d rather dream of spring and summer season, pine more than what we want for rather than appreciate what is. Winter seasons can be lengthy, lonely, dark, and cold. How can we savor it?
By remembering: The beauty of tomorrow typically lies in the rain and snow of these days.
We do not have to appreciate it, we do not have to generally dance in it. But we can find out to climate it, to see its worth, and possibly even give God our heartfelt thanks.
Due to the fact, in due time, the snow that falls these days will turn into a stunning spread of colour and new life tomorrow.
Dear Lord, I can simply grow to be so consumed with my existing situations that I fail to see how You could use them for development and new life tomorrow. Forgive my lack of faith. And teach me to trust that Your purposes will be achieved, by means of the fantastic days and the tough ones, generally. I’m so glad my life sits safely in Your hands.
In Jesus’ Name,
Now It is Your Turn
Take a moment to take into consideration 1 of the most significant challenges or obstacles you face appropriate now. Validate the difficulty of this moment. But then think about how God could use this for development, depth, and new life tomorrow. Cannot locate any glimmer of wildflowers? Ask God to open your eyes to see what He sees.
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A storyteller at heart, Michele Cushatt writes and speaks on the necessity of perseverance, partnership, and faith in the tough areas. A 3-time tongue cancer survivor and mama to young children “from tough areas,” Michele is a (reluctant) professional of discomfort, trauma and our deep human need to have for genuine connection. She lives in Colorado with her husband and their six young children, ages 12 to 27. If you have ever questioned God’s presence in the middle of your discomfort, pre-order Michele’s newest book RELENTLESS: The Unshakeable Presence of a God Who By no means Leaves these days, releasing November 12, 2019. He is with us.
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