We’re in the middle of a cold front that has sent temperatures plunging. Here in the desert, we are equipped to deal with scorching heat, not freezing pipes, so four straight days of expected lows around 26 degrees make us shiver in our flip-flops scramble to prepare!
We have citrus trees, morning glories and other tender plants that are sensitive to the frost. These plants are in the elements; no natural shield from what nature has to offer. So, we string with lights, cover what we can – anything to provide protection and a chance at life.
As I saw yard after yard of covered plants, the thought occurred to me that this is similar to how God covers those who accept His gift of grace. I imagined God’s love like a blanket over my life. It gave me a sense of comfort (although my toes are still so cold I cannot feel them.)
Even with the precautions taken, some plants will suffer, some will die. It is the same with us. Knowing Jesus doesn’t mean our suffering is over. But it does give us the strength to arrange the broken pieces into our new self. I’ve seen it time and again where someone’s suffering has touched others and changed lives.
We didn’t have enough blankets to cover everything, so we did what we could and will hope for the best. With freeze warnings in effect until Tuesday, it’s likely we’ll have a springtime visit to Home Depot to revive our landscaping. With God, we don’t have to hope for the best; we get it. We might be beaten down, tired, ready to give up – but still, we rise.
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. (2Thessalonians 3:3)
So, do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isaiah 41:10)
Have a beautiful Sunday!