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Destruction Made New
Fireweed inhabits nooks and crannies, meadows, and roadside beds all over Alaska. A gorgeous pink wildflower, these summer blooms should be the state flower.
Perhaps it seems incongruous that a plant named for fire would be so closely identified with the cold climate of our 49th state. However, Fireweed is the first wildflower to appear after fire or other destruction of the earth.
Alaska is not its only home. The blossoms popped up and spread quickly after the 1980 eruption of Mount Saint Helens and in the aftermath of WWII bombing in London.
The tall, blossom-laden stalks spring to life when the earth is disturbed or damaged – a signal of hope. Beauty covering the scars of destruction.
Life brings pain. Fireweed reminds us that destruction can result in new growth – something beautiful. Unexpected. Thankfully, good comes out of sorrow, helping pain to dissipate.
God works that way. He aids in our transition from pain to beauty.
Remember my affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
My soul still remembers them, and is bowed down within me.
This I recall to my mind; therefore have I hope.
It is because of Yahweh’s loving kindnesses that we are not consumed,
because his compassion doesn’t fail.
They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Yahweh is my portion, says my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
Yahweh is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.
It is good that a man should hope and quietly wait for the salvation of Yahweh.
Lamentations 3:19 – 26 (WEB)
Just last week, there was a terrible “firestorm” in Charleston, South Carolina. Nine faithful Christians were killed by a visitor to their Bible study. They had welcomed him and spent an hour in intimate study. In the end, he was overcome by the burning of long-nurtured hatred, killing nine of the twelve in ruthless fashion.
Charleston, your brothers and sisters in faith can already see beauty rising out of last week’s disaster. We are strengthened by the forgiveness of the shocked survivors and families. We are united with you in faith and hope. Most of all, we pray for God’s love to continue spreading, like Fireweed.
Until we meet again,
The Entrepreneur’s Friend