After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10
The tall, strong trees growing along Rapid Creek look sturdy I can imagine the roots spreading out to form a firm foundation. But I’ve been told stories of the great Black Hills flood of 1972 when a flood wipes out not only trees, but everything in it’s path. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1972_Black_Hills_flood Trees and debris washed downstream creating dams. The water turning logs into driftwood.
If the tree is carried all the way to the mouth of a creek where it empties into a river, it may float for a long time before washing up on the shore and becoming driftwood. Many artists prize driftwood. The bark and most of the limbs have usually been beaten off during the journey, and the log may have been naturally sanded into strange shapes. The wood can be used in a fire pit on the beach where family & friends might enjoy cooking, warmth and fellowship. Other driftwood protects a portion of the beach, gives shore birds a place to perch, or simply adds beauty to the scene.
We might find that our life, which seems stable and strong, may be suddenly uprooted. We may have to leave our familiar, comfortable surroundings and be thrust into the uncertainty of traveling. Perhaps we end up far away from (Florida) where we thought we were putting down roots. Life has some BIG changes.
While we sometimes have no control over events in our life, we can usually choose how to respond to them. We have the option of looking for ways to obey His will, grow and improve. Although the trials and turmoil are real and may be sorrowful, the restoration can be joyful. (Like moving to Rapid City) Eventually, like Job, we may find ourselves doing even better than before. When we look back, we may be amazed and very grateful to see how God used the upheaval on our journey for His glory and for our good.
The past four years have been an amazing journey born out of upheaval, and I am eternally grateful. I’m ready to see what’s in store for my on the new journey in Rapid City. Where is God taking you?