God comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)
Friday, February 12
John Claypool is a preacher who grew up in Kentucky. Years ago, a thunderstorm came through the family farm there where the Claypools have lived for 6 generations.
In their orchard, the wind blew over an old pear tree that had been there for along as anyone could remember. John’s grandfather was really sad about losing the old tree, which he had climbed as a boy and whose fruit he had eaten all his life.
A neighbor came by and sad, “Doc, I’m really sorry to see your pear tree blown down.”
His grandfather said, “I’m sorry, too, it was a real part of my past.”
The neighbor said, “What are you going to do?”
His grandfather paused for a moment and then said, “I’m going to pick the fruit and burn what’s left.”
All of us have some painful things that have happened in our lives. There’s something to be said for “picking the fruit” of wisdom from a painful experience so that we can share it with others who go through a similar experience. In some cases the wisdom might even help others avoid having the experience in their lives.
There’s something in your story that can be of great blessing to someone else.
Grace and peace,