But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of deeds done by us in righteousness, but in virtue of his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal in the Holy Spirit, which he poured out upon us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that we might be justified by his grace and become heirs in hope of eternal life.
Thought for the Day: God refreshes the land and our hearts with his love and hope.
Loving our drive through the mountains, we took in the beauty around us and the thoughts of people who lived in areas along the way. As we neared our vacation location, we began seeing areas that had been burned out in a very large wildfire several months ago. The feeling of elation as we were driving for fun with our children in one of our favorite places became heart wrenching. As we drove, our eyes filled with tears as we saw mile after mile of areas that had been blackened and broken by the wildfires. Nearing one town that had been massively affected by the fires, we wondered what we would witness. In the midst of the reality that so much was destroyed, we were touched that rebuilding was already taking place to construct businesses, homes, and rental cabins. We also witnessed the many people who had traveled to the area to enjoy time with family and friends. Our hearts were warmed as we continued driving as we noticed some green in the midst of the blackened timbers. There was a lush green in the grasses that grew along the roadside. There were wild flowers growing in the midst of ash. There were many areas of beautiful moss growing on fallen trees. The thing we noticed the most were the many creeks and streams that looked totally unchanged even with the area around them totally charred from the fires. At one point I said, “It’s as if God is saying, I’m not finished here yet.” The precious water that continued to flow through the mountains, flowing through the blackened forests and flowing under fallen, burned trees gave hope that God was already there healing the land that had been damaged so badly.
“I’m not finished here yet.” It is amazing how God comes in after such tragedy of wildfire to the land or heartbreak in our hearts and says, “I’m not finished here yet”. In those areas of blackened land were the spots of green growth and water flowing to give hope to the land that it would be renewed. In those areas of blackened areas where damage has taken place in our lives, there are spots of new growth and beautiful water flowing to give hope that God has something wonderful planned for our lives. God’s refreshing water…renewing our land and renewing our spirit.
Prayer: God, thank you for refreshing us with the water only You can give. Lord, we do thank you for the spots of hope You give in the midst of tragedy. We do also ask for the continued healing to the land and the lives affected by such terrible wildfires. Be with those in need today. Amen.
Prayer Focus: God heals our land and our lives.