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(Application Study Bible) So what do you think? With God on our side like this, how can we lose?
I was standing in the Old Growth Forest near Nelson, British Columbia, staring at a most extra-ordinary pine tree. The base of the tree rested on a huge boulder like a giant sitting on a chair. The bark was split open like a brown cloak on either side of the rock. The tree, like a grinning champion after a noble fight, stood triumphantly on top of its enemy. In fact, it was taller than some of the trees beside it. All because of the boulder!
As I gazed at the tree, I got quite excited. “Come back,” I called to my party, “have a look at this brave tree.” Soon a motley group of men and women gathered round. “Isn’t this a lesson for us all,” I said. “A lesson in overcoming.” A guy winked at his friend, as much as to say, “Here she goes again, finding a lesson in whatever!”
But no matter, my mind continued to imagine what it was like for this tree. Many years ago, at the edge of a boulder, like a menacing mountain, a small seed sprouted in the ground. What chance did it have to grow up? Still, it pushed its way through the ground. As it grew in size it kept bumping into a rocky wall, a constant reminder of its unyielding, ornery neighbour. If it had been like us, it might have grumbled, ‘What did I do to deserve this? I can’t even stretch and grow like other pine trees around me.’ But it kept growing and reaching and stretching and climbing, one inch at a time. Right on top of the boulder! Thus elevated, it continued to grow, perfectly straight, with the rest of the trees.
Now, the tree seemed to be saying to me, “If you have a boulder in your way and you can’t move it or tunnel through it, use it to your advantage. Turn a stumbling stone into a stepping stone.”
Take one little step by giving thanks that God knows all about this obstacle and He will turn it into something good.
Father, show me a way of surmounting this obstacle, one inch at a time.
Questions: What is lying in your path today? How can you make a positive out of a negative?
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