Tree

I am a tree
Standing still on top of hills. As they produce fresh soil for my viens and pump life into my being. My branches sprout high into the bright blue skies. I produce many things
Food for the nature, a shelter for the blistering weathers. I create an awe for passing travelers as my leaves burst into an pulchritude of colour.
I am a tree
I do not move. Only when the winds whisper sweet melodies into my limbs, making me dance to their interesting, cavort manner. Or when i am on the verge of death and the rain purifies me with its kiss of refreshment.
I am a tree
Taken advantage of. Being killed off, chopped to pieces by sharp axes of evil, and flattened by gruesome machinery.
I am no longer a tree, I am what you call a stump. No longer do i produce branches for life or sprout new leaves to attract visitors with my radiant colours. I am merely a helpless stump, longing for the life that has been taken from me.

“How I learned to smile in the midst of agony.” 

I am aware I have shared my story of how I overcame the pain of last storm I endured. I just find it very important to express the lesson I’m wanting to share: you can still choose to smile in the midst of agony. I’m sure there are some eyes reading this feeling heavy, tired, and wanting them closed forever. Before you click the exit button of this blog, friend, just leave with these words: your past doesn’t define you. Your pain isn’t your thoughts. Your sadness isn’t your feelings. Your anger isn’t your heart. 

If you just endured a heavy burden, I understand that these words may have just went over your head completely. Go through the process of anger, denial, and sadness. It is okay to feel like getting out of bed is the hardest thing. It’s okay that looking at your blank phone screen makes you feel hollow. It is okay to miss that person who you never thought would walk away. But, it is not okay to stay in that dark place. Clouds cover the sun at times, but it still does its work to keep shining it’s light and work. So should we. I went through a trial of isolation. This isolation was beyond difficult. 

There were moments I felt like I had everything, and more moments I felt like nothing. There were times where being at the grocery store was too much work for one day. I always felt like I needed to be with someone. I usually tried my best to stay as far away from my room because being alone frightened me. Instead of running away from loneliness, I delved into it. I became friends with myself. I started to take walks in nature, write poetry and blogs, and be more organized. I started to see myself the way I should have: beautiful, kind, and enough. The more time I spent alone, the more God made home my heart. 

Up until now I have been so content with me. I always have found my security and self worth in men. Now I find it through me. I learned how to love others the way I want to be loved. I learned more about my flaws and how to cope with them. I learned to be happy with what I have, instead of dwelling what I lost. And you, my beautiful friend, can have that same luxury. You can see past your pain, and smile

“Find Joy in Fiery Trials.” By: Melodie Rose Jordan. 

“Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you.”‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭4:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

There is something we all need to understand about this walk we are in with Christ. Just as Jesus endured trials, so do we. Now, I hope that doesn’t discourage you or make you resent taking up your cross and following the narrow path, instead, I want to give you courage today. These fiery trials are what help us trust God, when all else around us fails. I will give you three reasons to help you while you’re enduring these “fiery” trials, and how we can apply it to our walk with Christ 

Trials are Temporary: The pain we feel, will not last. Instead of focusing on when the trial will end, focus on how what you can change while going through it. Maybe you just lost a relationship you were in for a long time, and you are experiencing the heart break of it. Maybe you worked hard hours to obtain a certain position at work, but you were looked over again. Job was a bitter man towards God. He lost all of his ten children and he even said to God, “My soul loathes my life; I will give free course to my complaint, I will speak in bitterness of my soul.” Job 10:1

While losing his children is absolutely tragic, what can we take away from this? It is easy for us to let the suffering we endure blind our “spiritual eyes”. I lost a family that was so dear to me, but in that loss I gained the best relationship in the world: Jesus. God didn’t abandon Job in his suffering, just as He won’t abandon you or I in our suffering. “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!” ‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭4:17‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Trials are meant to make us grieve: Grieving is the first initial step in a trial. We have to face the pain we are in, and root out what is causing our distress. God wants us to cry out to him. He wants us to sit at His feet while gnashing our teeth. Why would God want this? He uses our vulnerability and brokenness in order to create a more mature us. If I didn’t embrace the lonlieness and anguish I felt this past year of being single, I would have never matured or took the time to learn from the mistakes I made. I wouldn’t have allowed God to transform my pain into love and forgiveness like how I do now. “I weep with sorrow; encourage me by your word.” ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭119:28‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Trials build our faith: If we didn’t have to go through adversity, what would be the point of following God? If we only relied on our mere strength, would God’s will even matter? Trials put our faith to the test. We can either let the heaviness and the hardship of the certain trial we’re facing win us over, our we can believe in God and the fact that His Son endured the world’s greatest trial, death for our sins, and win over our trial. “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance.” ‭‭Romans‬ ‭5:3‬ ‭NLT‬‬

If you’re in a “suffering season” such as I am, and you are walking around with heaviness in your heart, look up to heaven and breathe in His Spirit. The fire you are walking through will cause burning and pain, but Jesus is burning with you. Jesus is holding your hand, telling you to keep going. He is reminding you that His love is greater than this Earth, and with Him we are more than conquerors.