California’s forests have been severely devastated by the forest fires lately. In a week’s time, they have scorched nearly 160,000 acres and displaced 190,000 people. As we speak, 5,700 firefighters are diligently working to contain the damage. Unfortunately, dry air and strong winds are making this especially difficult. However, even in the midst of all the destruction, a heartwarming story has come to the surface (CNN).
Don and Julie Myers are one of the many families who have lost their home to the fires. After the fire passed, it left little but ash and rubble behind. The Myers returned home to see what could be salvaged. Incredibly, as they sifted through the ash, a glimmering object stood out. It was his wife’s long-lost original wedding ring! Seizing the moment, Don brought the ring over to his wife, dropped to one knee and proposed to her all over again (Yahoo).
It’s easy to let difficulty bring us down. It takes someone truly special to look past the ashes and see what’s valuable and important. For the Myers, their house was lost but their marriage wasn’t. They still had each other. They still had a home no matter where their next house will be.
It’s hard to know what the future holds for us. Disease. Cancer. Financial difficulty. Loss of a job. Marriage problems. Family problems. Death. When the fires of tribulation set our world ablaze, let’s try to keep in mind what’s truly important.
Even if we become sick, our souls can be the picture of good health (2 Corinthians 4:16).
Even if we lose our family, we are still a part of God’s family (Galatians 3:26-29).
Even if our government becomes hopelessly corrupt, we are still a part of God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13-14).
Even if our house is destroyed, we have a home in heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17; Philippians 3:20).
Even if our life is lost, our soul will go on to the reward (Philippians 1:21).
Trials are likely to come upon us in this life, but even when our life feels destroyed, all is not lost. There is still great treasure to be found in the ashes. Let’s remember the immense and valuable treasure we have in the Lord (Matthew 6:19-21).