During WWII, powerful bombs fell in the center of London. Buildings and roads were destroyed. After the cleanup there were large patches of earth in the middle of London that had previously been paved over. They say there were flowers that sprang up in the shell holes. Botanists had thought these flowers to have been extinct for over a hundred years. In reality their seeds had simply lain dormant under the town. Flowers came back that men thought would never be seen again.
This story inspires me. It makes me think about hope. It reminds me of what God has done for this world so bombed out by sin and trouble. God is able to restore the years that the locusts have eaten. He is able to see to it that those who sow in tears reap in joy. He is able to make a woman forget her agony in labor for the joy that her child is born. He is able to cause chords that have long been silent to vibrate in our hearts once again. He is able to cause those who sit in darkness to see a great light. He is able to create Jerusalem anew and a rejoicing. He is able to inspire new songs in forlorn people. He is able to bring health to souls. He is able to set free sin’s captives…heal sin’s afflicted…give sight to sin’s blinded…and hope to sin’s defeated. He is able to give drink to those with no money. He is able to clothe those who are naked. He is able to give purpose to the aimless. He is able to raise the dead. He is able to bring divided people together. He is able to re-unite fractured families. He is able to purify sinners. He is able to beautify the ugly. He is able to bring us all through this vale of tears and trials and home to glory. And whatever the method He uses to get our attention…whether bombs or illness or heartache…surely we will one day thank Him from our hearts that He is able even through severe mercy to bring back flowers that we long thought extinct.
Please, Father God, open the eyes of our understanding so that even if we can’t grasp reasons, we will hear the beat of your Father-heart nearer to us than breathing and that we will trust ourselves to You no matter what.