The Rocky Trail
As summer is waning, it was fitting to describe the “rocky trail” we traverse every handful of days. As per the pictures, Mary and I have been involved a summer ritual of watering the plants by the cross. I’ve posted pictures in the past of what our Campfire (Paradise) did to the surrounding area five years ago this November. Many who went through it will never forget. It was a miracle the cross survived intact, as it should have burned up like the plants around it, all the way to the roots. (see the blog, https://www.briannacassidy.com/copy-of-december-19-twofold-grief with pictures from that time.)
Yesterday marks eight years, and eight months since we lost our precious
daughter. And with the recent fire on the Hawaiian Island of Maui,
memories of not only the Paradise Campfire, but the loss of our daughter
come vividly back to mind. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the untold
number of parents who have lost children suddenly from that horrendous
tragedy earlier this month, especially in the historic town Lahaina, with
many hundreds still missing. These are signs of the times indeed.
But this rocky trail we traverse once, sometimes twice a week to water the
naturally growing cactus type of growth, along with the Lavender plants
and true cactus by the cross, reminds us of the trials—the rough road we
and many others must travel in this life. In the Springtime, it is green with
beautiful flowers and grass, as you can see from the pictures, but has the
days warm with the approach of summer, the path dries out and more
rocky ground appears. The hot dry days of summer as we walk this path
with our water containers are a living parable of the fiery trials the apostle
Peter references in the Bible God’s children must pass through in this life. Oh how we long for the completion of this journey. Truly, that day is nearing.
May you be encouraged to press-on as you see the day approaching. Gird up your loins, be of good courage, trust all to God, for the final crisis is coming and we have just a little time to prepare. But then the time will come~ the deliverance for the overcomer.