Last month my blog post mentioned some of the things we did on our most recent trip to Spokane, Washington, where I lived when I was in high school. Before we went to Spokane we drove through North Cascades National Park, since I’m trying to visit as many national parks as possible.
During one of our hikes, I came across this interesting tree stump pictured above. At some point this tree appeared to be dead and was cut down, but it came back from the roots and sent up new shoots. This definitely made an odd looking tree. When I saw it, I thought it would make a good illustration for a blog post here. It made me think of second chances. I have written a number of books that deal in second chances because God is always ready to give us a second chance as we see in the following verse from 2 Peter 3:9. “The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some think of slowness, but is patient with you, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.”
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Like the tree needs roots for new life, we need to be rooted in Christ. Even if we stray, if we are rooted in Him, we will find a second chance and forgiveness as we read in Ephesians 1:7. “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace…”
Colossians 2:6-7 talks about being rooted in Christ. “As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”
I love giving my characters second chances. They often get a second chance at love, and they find that God is ready and willing to give them a second chance through His Son, Jesus.
Do you like second chance stories?
I will give away an ebook copy of the first book in my Pinecrest series, Second Chance Love, which is all about second chances, to one person who leaves a comment. I will draw the winning name on August 27, 2022 at 9PM MST.
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