I took this picture this morning on my walk. The tree reminded me of “PAIN” … how the branches had grown up-ward in a struggle of sort. On their own, one might consider each a wayward attempt at being a part of a strong tree. However, as the sun reflected behind the tree, the branches appeared purposeful in that setting. All the branches made perfect sense as a part of the whole.
Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that
suffering produces perseverance;
and character, hope.
And hope does not put us to shame,
because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit,
who has been given to us.