I was so captivated upon discovering these beautiful red berries in the midst of winter, I just had to snap a quick photo. I know they’re just little red berries, but they were one of the most welcoming things to find in the disappearing snow. When I went to my computer days later to upload the glorious image, I was a little perturbed seeing that little half-gnawed leaf to the left of the stem. Normally, less is more in my images and I often embrace imperfections. But this time I was tempted to edit that annoying little detail that in my mind was going to ruin my perfect photo. I stared at it with frustration, beginning to plan out my steps to do the deed, when a striking thought stopped me.
Even though there was a small imperfection,
the branch is still thriving.
There was evidence of fruit. I realized it was the perfect picture of this past year of my life. Lot’s of chaos happened, from my childhood horse dying on New Years Day, to my husband having multiple visits to the E.R. and our cars having insane amounts of issues.Even the time leading up to our wedding was hectic. One would stand back and look at this year of ours and wonder if we had any sanity left at all…except here we are, thriving. And this has been undoubtedly one of the most spiritually fruitful seasons of my entire life. We were pushed to our limits some days, ready to break down and cry, but in the midst of it we held each other tightly, keeping in mind that the Lord is faithfully teaching us something, and most importantly we prayed for God to reveal His fruit in us on the other side. Looking back, I wouldn’t trade this year for any other. Because through the challenges, my husband and I have built a steadfastness in the Lord together that we have never known. We came out a little bruised, but here we are, stronger than ever and more patient, loving and joyful together because of it! So I decided to drop that minute detail in that leaf. I mean it really didn’t ruin the photo, and you probably wouldn’t have even noticed had I not over-analyzed that insignificant problem. So here’s my photo of a little branch of berries found thriving in one of the coldest winters. A small glimpse of what we have accomplished this 2016.
To wrap up my little story, I want to leave you with this:
Never let your circumstances cause you to give up.
God is doing something. Something big. Just like the only way a rock can be polished, He invites you into the tough places to smooth away those rough edges to reveal your worth. He strengthens us through the process, buffing the layers away to reveal His beauty inside of you. He delights in that so much. His daddy heart just beats wildly for that moment when His glory shines in your spirit through and through. So, child of God, when you face trials, remember that our Daddy God is looking down, standing right by your side, waiting for you to take His hand through it all.
God bless you all, friends!