Author: Jessica Huber
“Some plants, such as the lodgepole pine, Eucalyptus, and Banksia, have serotinous cones or fruits that are completely sealed with resin. These cones/fruits can only open to release their seeds AFTER the heat of a fire has physically melted the resin.”
Did you read that? Heat fire … trees, let’s just say they were not meant to be best friends. So why would this make sense to have a seed that can only be released after it’s exposed to heat? We look at the devastation of a forest fire, the death and destruction and would think that it stops there in the ashes. We forget what it takes sometimes for a rebuilding. The importance of the process and what needs to happen for a rejuvenated replenishment.
Truth is, there are times when growth can only rise out from the flames.
We have a God that goes so far before us, that he Intricately created little plans to protect, to secure and preserve even after a destruction.
In this case with these particular cones/ fruit.. they need the fire to release the new. This is the same for you.
Keep in mind the scripture about the birds and the lilies? If God can take care of them, then we should have no worries whether or not he can take care of us. Friends, if he can create a plan for a cone hanging on a tree he most certainly has one for us.
Some of us are still sealed up and about to walk into a fire and it’s scary, for the fear is overwhelming. Some are currently in the fire and it hurts .. the pain feels like it will never subside, but when the tears fall like melting resin.., hold on. Your not alone in the flames. Let me reference Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? Yep, 3 went in, but there were 4 in the flames that day. It was a turning point of victory For God’s Glory!
You might just be in the middle of your turning point, but allow me to usher in and project a truth ..You’re going to need to Brace yourself to Embrace .. that the GLORY WILL COME.
Every experience or encounter whether pleasant or unpleasant serves it’s purpose.
We may ask ourselves, why are we allowed to go through terrible moments, pain, loss, and the sorrows of this life? It’s because God will take this situation and use the Heat to refine, and when the smoke fades away there will be a revealing of His power in your life. He has the ability bring about a Beauty from the pain. It is then magnified so that it doesn’t just affect you, but All who whiteness. Our pain is not in vain!
It might feel like this devastation is too much to bear, it might feel like hope is lost behind the thickness of the billowing smoke..will there ever be light?
Rest assured, Just like that cone, you were designed by Him and created for this very moment! I know it doesn’t makes sense.. fire and trees, but for you too, out of the ashes there will be a sprouting of New.
When you come out, dust off the ashes and wear that crown of beauty! Let the oil of joy Glisten upon the mourning. Walk proud as the garment of praise cascades over the spirit of despair. Stand Tall like the Oaks of Righteousness and proclaim this victory In Jesus name.
Repeat after me!
I am not alone, God’s restoration is upon me! There is purpose and reason beyond this season! Proclaim it!