Proof that you matter. Even if you feel ruined. Like your life is a bit like "a pile of ashes."
Recently I got to see the Redwood Forest. Trees that are the tallest living thing, and possibly the oldest. One had lived for 1,000 years. Walking amongst them can make you feel pretty insignificant.
But, what got my attention is one that didn't make it. There was a sign by it that told it's story.
"Hundreds of years ago, a single large redwood grew here. Then disaster struck. The trunk of the large redwood was killed, perhaps by repeated and severe wildfire. All that's left is a dead and blackened snag. Despite such terrible damage, the tree did not die. Below the ground its massive root system was full of vitality. Before long, hundreds of young, bright-green burl sprouts began to come up around the circle formed by the root crown of the orginial tree. Some of those sprouts have grown into the full-sized trees that today stand in a circle around the original trunk."
They call it a Family Circle.
Where it put it's trust, is what made future generations strong. Even though it was just a "blackened snag."
I love that when disaster struck, it's legacy was not destroyed. The tree just dug deeper, and the roots were it's legacy.
Makes me think about when disaster strikes in your life. (Notice I didn't say if, but when.) You have two choices, give up, or dig deep and lean on your roots of faith and family.
I chose to dig deep, after my marriage fell apart, and it's made all the difference. I'm still standing, a little damaged, but still standing, and pouring roots of faith and family into the next generation around me, my three children.
Living proof that God makes beauty out of ashes...
"For those that mourn in Zion He gave me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that we may be trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." Isaiah 61:3