Went for a drive today through some of the areas most affected by the recent bushfires. Our hearts go out to the many who have lost their homes and properties during this time. I have not shared any photos of your loss, but I have taken photos along the road, and I am astounded at how quickly the bushland begins to regenerate and renew itself. The vivid green of new growth is the thing that strikes you most, as you look through the blackened forest. Does new growth signal new hope, that a solution to the bushfire problem can be found?
I hope that as you look through my photos (we could not stop along the way, so most are taken from the moving car) you are reminded that life is precious – not only human life, but all life. The trees that were devastated by fire, have almost immediately begun to sprout new leaves, the tiny tree ferns have poked their heads through the blackened earth, and are the most vivid green of all. Nature it seems, is quick to move on, to repair, to rebuild, to renew, and that which cannot be renewed, lies on the forest floor to provide habitat for surviving creatures, and to eventually break down to provide for new plants and new growth.
To any who have lost everything in the fires – I pray you will find the inner strength to rebuild, renew, repair, and discard that which cannot be renewed, and to move forward with hope in your hearts, that no matter how bad things seem now, life has a way of making even bad things come out good, in time. If you have faith in a living God, I pray you find solace, comfort and joy at His Throne, as you work to repair that which nature has taken.
Please follow this link to see all the photos: Colours of A Bushfire Album