My favorite road to drive down is Ottinger Rd. in Westlake, TX. The trees on opposite sides of the road are so full and lush that they form a canopy over the road. When you drive you’re transformed into a different world, one of beauty and possibility.
Here lately the trees have been extra green and the grass has been extra lush. We’ve had rain almost every day for the last week, and the landscape is loving the relief from the heat of summer. It makes the drive down Ottinger that much sweeter.
Just like the grass and trees, we, as individuals, can’t grow without the rain. Sometimes rain in our life is gentle, sometimes the rain is a harsh, pounding storm. For whatever reason (probably my own hard headedness!), my life seems to be comprised of more hurricanes and tornadoes than gentle lulling rain showers.
It’s through the greatest trials in life that God’s glory can shine the brightest. God uses our sufferings in life to reach others for Christ in a way that only God could orchestrate. He has grown my trees, watered them abundantly and woven them together intricately to display his beauty through his creation, my life.
Our lives are on display for all to see, dead or alive, messy or clean, perfect or not. I pray my life appears abundant and lush like the trees on Ottinger Rd., and I pray that God continues to bring me storms so that I might continue to grow in my knowledge and understanding of Him.
Romans 5:3-5 – Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 8:17-18 – Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.
James 1:12 – Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.
James 1:2-4 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.