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anticipation.

I’ve walked a 2 mile trail almost daily since mid-June.

In the summer, the woods were carpeted with leafy ferns that resembled a faceted emerald reflecting the sunlight.

In the fall, it was alive with colors of copper, gold, and ruby against a sparkling river.

And now, the frost has shriveled the undergrowth and the tree branches are gray and bare.

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But I still brought my camera. Because there is beauty even in barrenness, if you will see it.

Through the leafless trees, I saw my first bald eagle flying above the river.

I discovered tiny oak tree saplings under the frost bitten, shriveled ferns.

And the faded, fallen leaves still laid out a carpet for hikers like me.

But most of all, I saw hope. This path through the woods will lie dormant with bitter winds and a blanket of snow. But it will not die. It will just be sleeping.

Because in the spring, it will come to life with wildflowers and frogs and fresh, new leaves. How exciting to have this anticipation of what will be coming!

Your life may feel dead. It’s not. If nature has cycles, don’t we?

What is hope? Seeing beyond today.

There is anticipation for a new day with new experiences which will unfold as gently and slowly as a flower bud.

Can you see it? It’s a choice you have to make.

Be patient.

 

perfect timing.

Throughout the summer, I watched them grow.

Their flowers appeared just last week.

Late bloomers.

Or are they – just in time?

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It’s quite amazing to think about flowers blooming in September, unhindered by the heavy frost 2 days ago.

And then the wind came.

Strong and fierce.

But they stood tall and unwavering.

DSCN2681How about you?

Will you be patient and wait for your time?

Will you stand tall and unwavering through the fierceness that life has brought upon you?

You have it in you.

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If a flower can withstand the elements, you can, too.

And God’s timing is always perfect.

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wait on the Lord.

I know what it feels like when it seems that things will not change.

It feels like your situation will never end and it will consume you.

The thing I have personally experienced is – it won’t.

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Have you thought about the immensity of the earth and 2/3 is covered by water?

And yet it does not overtake the land.

How much more important are you?

God is fully aware of your situation.

We have to be patient and wait. He knows the right moment for it to change.

Meanwhile, God keeps you close. It may not seem like it but he does. It’s not until you look back that you see it.

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Photo credit: Claude Robillard / Foter / Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 2.0 Generic (CC BY-NC 2.0)