Earlier this year, part of the area that I oversee had a devastating wildfire.  (I know – pretty common this year.) Over 3,000 acres were destroyed in the ensuing flames and in the aftermath nothing was left living.  That was about 4 months ago.  Today you can find hints of green that the recent rains have wrought.  Now I am not a preachy guy (I leave that to better people in the family) but the good Lord reminded me of something today so bear with me.

It does not matter how badly you have been burned in life.  If you can only feel the pain of the fire or see the aftermath of what it causes, you only see part of the picture.  When you focus on the burned remnants of the past you fail to see the new growth taking place.  But make no mistake – God can renew what was once destroyed.  Even if we don’t see it happening because we focus on the scorched remains of what once was.  Kara found this verse for me and it fits.

Psalm 71:20 (NIV)
Though you have made me see troubles,
many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.

This concludes Dan’s delivery of the Lord’s message for today.

  • Aperture: ƒ/3
  • Camera: Canon PowerShot A490
  • Focal length: 6.6mm
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
5 observations on “Renewal
  1. sharilyn

    the photo.
    but even more… the amazing message you just preached…
    thanks to you, dear daniel-of-dave’s-family!
    though i don’t know your family, i don’t think any of them could have said it better… : )


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