|Dead Aspen with new growth|
We came home from church one Sunday last winter during a heavy snowfall to discover that one of the Aspen trees on the property had succumbed to the weight of the snow, and had fallen down blocking most of the road to the cabin. The tree was eventually cut up and tossed to the side of the road.
This weekend, Tami walked down to get the mail out of the mailbox and came back dragging one of the larger branches so we could cut it up for the firepit. She called me over to have a look at it and we discovered that there are fresh buds growing on it! It had been cut to pieces since December, but it still wanted to spring to life.
That got me thinking of the will to live that is inherent in all living things. Your circumstances may be handing you a raw deal right now. You may be struggling with illness, finances, relationships, a job that you don’t enjoy, loneliness or depression, or a host of other things. But remember, the life that is in you is stronger than anything that can come against it. You have more strength than you think, and when faced with a fight, you can fight harder than you ever thought possible. This is the gift that God has given us. This is life.
So be like this Aspen branch. Although you may be knocked down, cut to pieces, and tossed aside, refuse to give in. Spring back to life.