Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Pie and Pine Cones

I'm sitting here at 9:30am, eating a piece of pie for breakfast......its sugar free, but still glutenous. And yet, I still eat.....
Been thinking a lot about refinement....as that seems to be the theme of my life lately. As I have told you before, I feel like God has stripped me down to the very core, to rebuild me. And so I have been mourning the loss of my old self...the dying of my old self, and trying to find out who this new 'Robyn' is.
In amongst all of this, I am also trying to write 6 teachings for camp.....and its a challenge.....a fun challenge, but a challenge.
Yesterday I was needing an example of something that has to die to be reborn, better more effective...when this example landed on my desk. (quite literally, my summer student printed it off and threw it on my desk.)
Jack Pines. Now the Jack Pine, found in the Canadian boreal forest is unique in the fact that it's cones are covered with a hard resin. They are very durable, and they remain dormant until a fire sweeps through the area. The fire melts the resin, and the seeds are then released scattering themselves on the recently fire affected area. They then begin to grow. A few years after a fire, you typically see jack pines, knee high, sprouting up all over the place.
Fire brings death. Fire brings refinement. Fire brings about life, new growth.
Its difficult to imagine, or realize that as you walk through tough times, or situations, that God is in control.....that He loves you, and wants the best for you. None of us choose to walk through the fire, but like it says in Romans, that our suffering is not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed.....that we would be liberated from the bondage to decay, and brought into the glorious freedom of the Children of God.
And so, remember, as you walk through the fire, and it is painful, that new life, and new growth are coming.........and......just call me Jack.

1 comment:

  1. It's not about changing the Robyn, so much as removing the the stuff that gets in the way. We all know this, yet still find the removal process unpleasant and question why it has to happen. Guilty as read, m'lud.

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