When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee;
and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee:
when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
A young man purchased a large plot of land with the hopes of establishing a great farm and field that to grow crops of wheat, alfalfa, beats, and many other precious comedies. A train track, which he took no concern about, ran right along the edge of the field. So he tilled up the dirt, planted the seed, ran irrigation and prayed for heaven’s blessing.
Soon the field was covered in little green sprouts and the excitement and anticipation for a beautiful harvest swelled. The young farmer spoke to his crop and it spoke to him. He attended to every need of the field and it attended to his hopes and dreams. The crop grew larger and larger and all was well. His identity as a successful farmer was imminent.
Then one day the train came through the tracks outlining his crop. It was a hot day near the end of the growing season. The field was just approaching the harvest. A spark from the train soared into the field and kindled a fire in the wheat. Going unnoticed the fire grew and spread quickly. By the time the young farmer noticed it, it had gained too much momentum and all attempts to extinguish it were in vain. The man’s crop was completely destroyed.
In deep distress the man wondered how he would ever recover. All that he had was put into that crop and in just a short time it was burnt to the ground. His identity as a successful farmer was crushed. The next few days were spent observing black rubble and ensuring that the fire didn’t spread further into neighboring fields and hills. Hope, as he knew it, was gone.
Then, after a couple days, he noticed smoke at a certain spot in his field. He examined it in frustration and found that the smoke was coming from underneath the ground. Curious he dug into the smoldering ground. To his surprise he found pieces of coal that the fire had ignited. He wondered how the coal came to be in the middle of this field. The farmer drove his tractor and plow and begin to dig deeper into the earth than he had when he first planted. To his surprise he found more and more coal. Under the field was a large coal depository. He would have never found it without the fire. The fire, devastating as it had been, had opened up even greater opportunities.
He developed a coal mine in his field. He built a coal loader just by the conveniently placed railroad track where trains could stop to load, and his coal could be shipped anywhere in the country. He established an honorable profession and was able to recognize heaven’s blessing in his life.
God is good.
When you wonder if He will be, justremember that He already is.
Insight and Inspiration
There is hope in thine end
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me…for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Do you let your weaknesses, imperfections, tendencies, struggles define who you really are and what you really can accomplish? Do you let the grace of Christ turn these things into something far more beautiful and greater than what you can? Do you see purpose in struggle? Is there an unexpected strength waiting to be revealed in your weakness?