Saturday, October 27, 2012

Out of Ashes

On the way to Cloudcroft, New Mexico, we spotted miniature forests. Fire devastated the area a few years ago. Now trees, no taller than me at five feet, four inches, grow thick and beautiful. It was a reminder of God's provision for new life.

About ten years ago, my husband and I endured a difficult time. Both family and financial problems stressed us. Then, our church fell apart. We searched for hope on a bleak landscape. We vacationed in Eureka Spring, Arkansas, toured an art gallery, and discovered an artist named Jesse Barnes.
For the first time in our lives, we spent a lot of money on an original painting. In this picture, fire shoots around green trees. A full moon glints light over the rippling pond. Tiny trees reach for the sky on an island out from the bank's fire-induced destruction. The title of the painting is "Out of Ashes."

That painting ministers to me daily, but never more than when troubles tests my faith.

When we drove the winding road from Ruidosa up two thousand more feet to Cloudcroft, those tiny trees brought my mind to that painting. Though small, the trees were thick with foliage and dressed in their autumn finery.

Out of the ashes of turmoil, God gives hope.

I love writing about hope. New beginnings excite me. New life, whether it's in trees or people, warms my heart.

What ministers to you about God's hope?


10 comments:

Dawn M. Turner said...

I love to go for walks (with or without taking photos) in the Ramsey Canyon Preserve about 25 miles from my home. It's not as safe as it once was (we're right on the Mexican border), but I still like to go there sometimes. Things I see up the canyon remind me of that God is in control, and nothing catches Him by surprise.

Sometimes I like to go on photo shoots, just wherever I happen to be. I look for the small things most other people overlook in the busyness of life. God is in the details we often overlook. And the Lord never fails to show me something beautiful. All I have to do is slow down and pay attention. :-)

Janet K. Brown said...

Boy, you're so right there, Dawn. I also am guilty of not slowing down & paying attention. The Canyon sounds beautiful. Nature heals our hurts. Where do you live?

Moonine Sue Watson said...

I have two things. Here at home, I like to listen to music. I cannot play an instrument, but music has always touched my soul. The second thing is that I like to go back home to Indiana and visit the places of my childhood. And one more, I like scenery: the countryside, mountains, the woods, the waves and birds when the ocean is calm. I have some framed pictures of those types of scenes. So I guess I ended up with more than two things. The bottom line is God is anywhere we are if we seek his peace. We can be in a crowd and seek him and find the peace there.

Janet K. Brown said...

Ah,Sue, I see you like pictures, too. You're right God is everywhere and music helps, but some spots like your memories of Indiana are special. Thanks for commenting.

Jame Myers Perrine said...

Two things: I have the "Serenity Prayer" on a shelf that I can see from the computer. It reminds me to find the best decision and brings peace. I also find the 23rd Psalm wonderful to bring peace.

Linda Broday said...

Janet, we'd indeed be so lost if we didn't have hope. Love your blog and the pictures are so beautiful. Wishing you lots of success and happiness.

Janet K. Brown said...

Hi, Janie. Haven't heard from you in awhile. Thanks for commenting. I totally agree on that serenity prayer thing. I also have it in plain view.

Janet K. Brown said...

Thanks for the encouragment, Linda. Sweet friends like you sure increase my hope & you're right, in the darkest times, we must be able to find hope.

Dianne E. Butts said...

Thanks for this, Janet. I enjoyed it today while thinking of our friend, Peg. I Tweeted it to share it with others.

Janet K. Brown said...

Thank you, Diane. For some reason, your comment got lost in blog spam. Thanks for sharing the post. Sorry I'm so late seeing your comment. I'll need to watch for spam comments. I've sure been praying for Peg.