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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Flowers (10/03/05)

TITLE: Beauty from Fire
By Betsy Tacchella
10/09/05


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Grass fires occur annually in many parts of California. An interesting phenomena ensues as a result of some of these fires. After the burning has spent its rage, the only remains are charred trees and the blackened ash of what used to be golden grasses. For months the hills remain barren and unproductive, but with the first rains in the fall, something interesting begins to happen.

God has created a special flower in some parts of California, that only germinates every forty or fifty years and only after a fire. The seeds, implanted in the ground, remain dormant for years until a fire somehow stirs them to grow. The unique flowers that result are worth the wait as they burst forth in a splash of brilliant orange. Against the blackened landscape, they present a magnificent tribute to the glory of God.

As I pondered these beautiful flowers one day, God spoke a spiritual lesson to me. Sometimes God allows us to endure a trial or fiery ordeal that burns many things out of us. At the time we may feel charred and barren, but God never stops there. His purpose is always to bring out the beauty. We may have hidden areas of beauty that have been dormant for forty or fifty years, just like the flower.

As a fiery test chafes at our character, burning out impurities, we can know that God plans to draw out a brilliant, orange flower in the end. With a backdrop of soot and ashes, His reflection shines all the more brightly. Some of God's most inwardly beautiful and sensitive people are those who have been tested by fire. The radiance of Christ is evident on their countenance.


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Melanie Kerr 10/10/05
Did you ever watch the TV series narrated by David Attenburgh, "The Priviate Life of Plants"? You plant features in one of his programmes. Superb application of one of the blessings that comes out of trials.
Gabrielle Morgan10/10/05
Well written and interesting. I have often marvelled at the aftergrowth after fire here in Australia. It certainly wakes us up to the marvel of creation.
Jan Ackerson 10/12/05
Wonderful object lesson. My only suggestion: "phenomena" is plural, "phenomenon" is singular. Beautiful illustration of the phrase "beauty from ashes."
Deborah Porter 10/17/05
Betsy, congratulations on your Highly Commended award in the Level 2 Challenge. It was a very good object lesson. With love, Deb (Challenge Coordinator)
Beth Muehlhausen01/20/06
I agree whole-heartedly. Pain is a refining fire in the hearts of those who submit it to the Lord. Good lesson!