Well I had just about had enough.
We were on vacation and it had just been one of those days.
My kids were overtired and overstimulated.
My husband even had to take a break, heading into town for some groceries, which turned into a four hour escape from the craziness in our little cabin. We joked with him later on, that we would have to hide his keys next time 🙂
My seven-year-old had a total meltdown when his little brother was given a promised red popsicle that I was not aware of, that was promised the day before by his Grandpa. There was nothing I could do to get him to calm down and I was just beyond frustrated.
I went outside and sat on the front porch of the cabin in a rocking chair for about 45 minutes and had some major mommy quiet time.
Later that afternoon I decided to take a hike by myself and I asked God to show me something as I was feeling a bit disconnected from Him and feeling like pretty much a big fat failure for the day.
As I hiked I found what appeared to be a dead tree.
Obviously knocked down by a storm.
It didn’t look like much, but for some reason I stopped and stared at it for a while.
And the more I looked, the more I saw. I was amazed that among the dead-ness of the tree, that there were bright green leaves sprouting out from a certain point on the tree.
I stared at it for a while and thought about how it could be possible that this was growing from this dead tree. So I investigated some more and went down to look at the roots of the tree, which from my point of view looked as if they were totally ripped out of the ground.
But upon closer look, I saw something amazing –