They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor."
-Isaiah 61:3 New International Version-
My fragmented feelings have come at different times. For instance, when I made a cross country move. I went for a new life and immediately found a box of personal and professional ashes. Poof!
Several other times, I have felt as if I could not pump any flicker into my soul. My spirit seemed dry, perhaps dead, and in another pile of dust. I wondered, “How will I come alive?”
These dimly lit times can also be depressingly dark. Because we can’t really see, most of us grasp and groan for some familiarity in our blackness. We hope God will at least show within the shadows, but don’t see any signs.
So, we reach and sometimes go on semi-reckless paths. Yet, still can’t seem to come out from the silhouettes. In fact, the shapes often appear to jump out like the bogeyman. With our heart in a heap and the flame far gone, neither right nor wrong seems the way.
Perhaps, this may be the purpose of the unlit path. Through trial and tribulation, we try and test. And so, we must continue until we take a turn. Yes, we must repeatedly strike as we would a match until the fire of God ignites us!
Again alive, we can then look at the past and the present, as we prepare for the future. We can know that emptiness and embers just might be the way to exaltation. Indeed, the power of God can renew, rebuild and restore. Yes, God has a way to make broken and burnt beautiful.