This post here is the second post I ever wrote for my blog. It's also one that holds a great degree of relevance to my life right now. I have been working crazy hours — hours so crazy that, with no exaggeration, I have next to no time. There will definitely be a post coming soon about what I've learned through it, but for now I've been realizing that I need a little fireweed to get me back on track. I hope these words inspire and encourage you as they help remind me of a necessary lesson.
As I was reading a book recently, I learned about a plant called fireweed. Fireweed is a very interesting plant because of its ability to grow in, and renew, highly disturbed and damaged areas — even areas that have suffered and withered because of oil spills and forest fires. In Britain, fireweed garnered the nickname of “bombweed” because of its rapid growth within the bomb craters of World War Two.
It led me to start thinking about the ups and downs of our aspirations and plans in life. There are times that life is like a beautiful and thriving forest — then there are times that a fire sparks and burns the forest down. There are even times when it feels like a 2,000 pound bomb is dropped over all that you’ve worked towards!
It seems hopeless that anything could be restored in the charred remains that we are left with. How can we possibly make it back to where we once were or even past that?
Vision in life is an absolute must. Without vision, we wander aimlessly and will never find our way to where we want to be or where we should be. Vision reminds us of the goal when the going gets tough and we want to give up. Without clear vision, we lose sight of what matters most and, more importantly, Who matters most.
I talk about vision often in life and even mentioned the significance of vision in my last post. If we don't have clarity of sight, we won’t know where we are going. Vision is an important aspect to every facet of life — whether it be our personal, professional, relational, or spiritual lives.
Learning about fireweed once again reminded me of the importance of vision and the hope that is available to us even when we find ourselves lost, broken, and confused. It reminded me that all can be restored, even after a fire, or bomb, destroys our plans and disappoints our souls. It reminded me that we should never give up because it is never too late.
It's easy to lose the way in this fast-paced world. It's so easy to lose sight of goals and aspirations. Often times it's not that plans have been derailed or damaged, but that the path just got too crowded. This crowdedness could be caused by external influences like work, relationships, and unknown events — or it could be caused by internal experiences such as a lack of self-confidence or depression. These circumstances and situations will look different for each unique soul.
Life is full of phases and seasons — sometimes we are on the top and sometimes we are at the bottom. It can be easy to lose hope and sometimes we just need a field of fireweed in our lives to signify new hope and renewal of our souls. There's only one place to find fireweed for the soul — and that is humbly before Jesus. This is the best source and the only place that will lead to perfect and true renewal and vision.
“For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!” [Matthew 7:8,11 // emphasis mine]
If you find yourself in a crater or a burned out forest at the moment, run to God. Ask Him to plant fields of fireweed that will restore you, renew your hope, and lead you to the great things that He has planned for you!
He will respond!