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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

It’s a mystery

by Pam Roth
For almost a year now, we have been trying to solve a mystery - something is destroying every tree that we plant.  Our backyard faces the finger of a lake and undeveloped land on the other side.  Of course, that means a couple of things for us...we have a beaver and we have deer.  Now, the question is which one of these animals is the culprit.  

So far, we have had five corkscrew willows, a bottle brush bush, and recently three large - I mean like five-foot high - knockout rose bushes eaten to ground.  The bottle brush bush and the rose bushes are new to the animals menu; however, the willow trees have cut off at the bottom and chewed down countless numbers of times over the past year.  As soon as they reach two to three feet high, they are gone.  Let me tell you something - IT’S FRUSTRATING!!!

Yesterday, I went to the side of the yard where the rose bushes have been destroyed and much to my amazement there was a shoot with a rose bud coming out of the base of one of the bushes that had been chewed down to the ground.  When I saw that beautiful rose among all of that destruction it reminded me of how, we too, can be transformed into something beautiful in the midst of a crisis in our lives.  

So let me ask you a few questions...

  • What’s eating at you?
  • How frustrated are you with the process?
  • Who could help you work through your situation?

For us, the mystery still isn’t solved.  We aren’t sure if it is a beaver or deer that’s eating up our bushes and trees; but, we know this - we have to do something to resolve the problem.

The same is true for you if you are in the midst of a situation that is bringing you much frustration or destruction in your life.  What steps could you take today to begin the process of seeing a change?  And, how determined are you to come out of this situation a transformed individual?

Feel free to comment.

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  1. What a beautiful message! Thank you for the awesome timing. Your blog continues to challenge, inspire, and lift me. I needed that.

  2. Hi Pam, Think about you and Nelson often, in thought and prayer in the wonderful ministry you have on the Gulf Coast. I liked your blog,yes we do at times have something eating at us, but that is where our Lord comes in to work it out for us. Hope you find the "culprit", Mike loves roses too, but he hasn't been down to Mississippi lately. Is trying to get his garden going up here in Canada.Blessings prayers and peace, Love Ena and Mike


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