Because it’s endangered and needs this specific habitat, the U.S. Forest Service conducts prescribed burns in order to eliminate invasive species and dense mid-growth. Prescribed burns benefit not only the woodpecker, but other animals and plants, including Longleaf pine, the preferred tree of the endangered bird.
When Believers are refined in the fire of a challenge, we are also presented opportunity. The difficulty may be unwanted but each circumstance presents an opportunity to witness for God’s kingdom and His glory.
Do we crumble or do we rise to the challenge? Do we curse the struggle or embrace it with His strength? Our actions will be our testimony.
“These [troubles] have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.” 1 Peter 1:7 (NIV)
When you find yourself in a storm, hold fast to the One that sustains and look for opportunity to be His witness.