BRAMBLES & BEYOND
Blackberry Cobbler is one of our favorite desserts but getting the fresh-off-the-vine blackberries can be a dangerous. Climbing through endless thorn-filled blackberry brambles is what it takes to get to the sweet, succulent fruit that provides the eventual satisfaction ... freshly baked blackberry cobbler with a dab of ice cream on top.
Sport teams must negotiate through the brambles of competitive play in order to reach the goal beyond ... doing their very best. In the end, whether an undefeated season or not, the reward is a deep satisfaction of a job well done.
IT IS THE GOAL BEYOND THAT IS ESSENTIAL TO OUR PROGRESS
Each day carries with it some brambles to be faced and cut through. We must keep the goal in mind ... that beyond these tough times come the sweet berries of accomplishment that God has planned for us. These ultimately lead to our sweet and eternal home.
...We must suffer many things to enter God's kingdom. Acts 14:22 NCV
Much of life is about getting through the brambles - the trials and troubles - of this world. Facing these with the Holy Spirit as our guide will bring us to a beautiful city beyond where there is no more sorrow or tears.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. Revelation 21:4 KJV
We can be sure that the joy that awaits us makes our temporary discomfort worthwhile.
CLICK ON the BEHIND THE BENCH tab above to see an up close and personal view of what lies beyond.
Blessings ... as you break through the brambles to the beauty beyond.
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