The cock arched his neck, looked up into the dim light of the dawn and heralded a new day. Julia rose from her bed, opened the window and gazed at the cloudy dismal day. She did not share the enthusiasm of the cock. The day to her was like her life gloomy with failures and losses. In an effort to shake off her depression she decided to visit her friend, Amy who always had a way of cheering her up.
Amy was in her eighties and had her own share of life’s problems but she did not let them dampen her spirits because she had the joy of the Lord in her heart. She was just brewing a fresh pot of midmorning coffee when Julia rang the bell.
“O, Julia, I was hoping someone would drop in, for a day such as this is meant for company. Come on in, Julia, you look troubled. Let us have some coffee and you can tell me all about it” Amy said.
“Nothing new, Amy, just the usual ones that don’t seem to get solved. I fast and pray but God is not listening. Maybe He has forgotten me”.
“That is not true, Julia. You know that some times God answers Yes immediately, sometimes He says No and then sometimes He says Wait. We have to wait for His time. It is not good to dwell over our problems. All we have to do is to cast our burdens on His altar and He will take care of us. Here take the coffee and help to sort out these old pictures and put them in the album”, Amy put the coffee and cookies in front of her and brought a box of photos and an album.
“These are the ones we took when we went on that tour to Turkey.”
Julia listlessly looked through them until she found some of the pictures they had taken at Cappadocia.
“Look, Amy, here the ones we took of the sand-stone sculptures. They are so awesome. I remember standing at the foot of them and marveling at God’s creation.”
“Turn the photo over, Julia, I think I wrote a note on them.”
“Here it is let me read it out.
‘Centuries ago when the sand stone mountains were exposed to the tremendous wind and rain, and the erosions washed away the soft sand and smaller stone fragments these awesome formations were revealed. Sometimes the harder rocks were left sitting on the larger rocks resembling the appearances of chimneys, thus earning the name, Fairy Chimneys.’
What a magnificent display of God’s creative genius. We were really privileged to see them,” Julia said as she held the photo in her hand.
“I have always wondered what the mountains felt about this. They stood exposed to God’s mighty power manifested in the wind and rain. How did it feel when its soft cover of sand and soil was torn and washed away to reveal the Fairy Chimneys nestling inside? Did they protest against their loss, and did they get depressed and miserable?”
“I know what you are getting at, Amy. Yes it is true that the mountains’ loss was essential for God’s handwork to be perfected. I understand now that losses in life are necessary for God to shape our character according to His will.”
“Julia, you should not forget that there is another aspect to this lesson. Unless the mountain is exposed to the power of God the Fairy Chimneys cannot be revealed. Even so unless we surrender our lives to God and give Him permission to use us He will not do it. Since He created us He has given us the freedom of choice.”
“I am glad you mentioned that, Amy. The choice is ours. We have to surrender our lives to Him and wait patiently. Remember it took ages for the Fairy Chimneys to be formed. God willing we may someday stand up as beautiful Fairy Chimneys in His heaven! Thank you, Amy, I am happy to be one of God’s chosen Fairy Chimneys.”
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