On a recent outing to Sunfish Lake Park, I walked past the lake, some bare trees and evergreens. Winter is fast approaching yet the evergreen stands in stark contrast to the bare maple, birch and oak trees whose leaves have fallen and have left their barks transparent for all to see.
Then I came home and started reading a book and look at the quote that caught my eye:
“In summer, as we look upon the trees of the distant forest, all clothed with a beautiful mantle of green, we may not be able to distinguish between the evergreens and the other trees. But as winter approaches, and the frost king encloses them in his icy embrace, stripping the other trees of their beautiful foliage, the evergreens are readily discerned. Thus it will be with all who are walking in humility, distrustful of self, but clinging tremblingly to the hand of Christ. While those who are self-confident and trust in their own perfection of character lose their false robe of righteousness when subjected to the storms of trial, the truly righteous, who sincerely love and fear God, wear the robe of Christ’s righteousness in prosperity and adversity alike.”
God has always spoken to me in nature with all its beauty and mystery. This time he took one more step and spoke to me through a devotional I was reading called The Sanctified Life by Ellen White.
If there’s one thing I know — God always will make Himself transparent to me when I seek Him.