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Rainy Days – Beat into Shape

Cypress Tree in RockKey Bible Verse:  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  – 2 Corinthians 4:17

Bonus Reading: 1 Peter 1:6-7

In Carmel, California, a weathered, gnarled cypress tree grows out of solid rock on the rugged coast.  The object of photographers worldwide, it is a symbol of tenacity and courage amid the ravages of nature.

If that cypress could talk, it might complain about the coastal storms that have beat against its trunk and branches.  But, wise tree that it is, the cypress would probably say, “I would not have the elegance I manifest today were it not for the pressure of the wind, rain, and storms throughout the years; I have been shaped by their combined forces.

Bruised?  Yes.  But I remain vibrant and strong because I made the decision to grow my roots deeper into the rock, and I weathered the storm.”

And so can you.

The challenges of your life have shaped you.  Some have been wrenching, terrible.  Most of your early experiences were out of your control.  All the greater reason to view them from a fresh perspective and see the past with adult eyes, taking note of your struggles in a light that will enhance your growth, give you hope for your better future, and bring inner healing.

—- Greogry L. Jantz in Becoming Strong Again

Personal Challenge:   Ask God to reveal ways He has and is using your past to bring good.

Thought to Apply:  The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor men perfected without trials. – —Chinese Proverb

Prayer:  Lord, give me a goal big enough to be worthy of You, and love strong enough to stick with it.

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