Discussion in 'Thoughts for Today' started by godbe4me, Dec 17, 2016.

  1. One of the healthiest things that can happen to a ponderosa forest is to have a forest fire every five to twenty years. Without a regular fire two things happen that can ultimately lead to destruction that lasts for hundreds of years.

    First, "a healthy ponderosa forest is made of widely spaced, fire-resistant trees," writes Michael Parfit in National Geographic. "With overprotection young trees and competing species make a flammable understory so shaded that ponderosa seedlings can't grow," Thus new ponderosas stop springing up.

    Second, dead wood, needles, and cones pile up in a thicker and thicker layer of combustible kindling on the forest floor. When a fire eventually does come to an overprotected forest--as it eventually must--the fire burns hotter and deeper. Instead of a healthy fire that burns quick and low over the floor of the forest, blackening the trunks of healthy trees but nothing more, the fire explodes in the crown of the trees. It also destroys the roots. The result is total destruction of every tree.

    Such a fire ruins the forest ecosystem. The soil no longer absorbs rain, and it erodes.

    As odd as it may seem, ponderosa forests need fire in order to be healthy and viable.

    Christians also benefit from fiery trials, even though they are painful. They can burn away the temporal, worthless things that so easily pile up in our lives.

    Affliction, Fire, Hardship, Pain, Troubles
    Ps.119:71; Rom. 5:2-5; Heb. 12:28-29; James 1:2-4
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  2. Very true and yet there is a huge factor in this. We have to allow them to do so. Far to many people spend their lives fighting against these trials and tend to give up and turn to other things.

    Then there are those who Totally Trust and rely on the Lord knowing they would not choose this path but never the less they walk it rejoicing in God and getting through them much quicker and becoming stronger.
    Awesome Post
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  3. So true, they fight against it and miss what God is trying to show them, lessons they need to learn. Yes the trials are for a reason but with God on our side, we are always, always victorious.
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