World renowned American Christian singer Donnie McClurkin in his song “STAND” crooned:
“What do you do
when you’ve done all you can and it seems like it’s never enough
and what do you say when your friends turn away and you’re all alone
Tell me, what do you give
when you’ve given your all and it seems like you can’t make it through
Well, you just stand when there’s nothing left to do
you just stand and watch the Lord see you through
Yes, after you’ve done all you can, you just stand”
In 2012, a wildfire swept through and burned about 50,000 acres of forest in Andilla, in Valencia, Spain.
Surprisingly, however, in the middle of the destruction, a group of nearly 1,000 cypress trees were still standing tall, fresh and green.
The phenomenon which had not happened before and nobody had seen before gave researchers a mystery to unravel. It led to a three-year international study to find the reasons behind the resilience of the species and ascertain if it could provide buffer zones to hinder or prevent the rapid spread of wildfires.
The researchers would later discover that the cypress trees’ ability to retain water had made them to safely endure the blaze and the litter beneath them was dense and acted as a “sponge”, retaining water.
Unlike the other trees that were charred, the researchers said, “The secret to the cypress’ fire resistance lies in its camel-like ability to store water” and suggested “the plant could be used as a buffer to prevent other fires from spreading.”
Cypresses are long living trees that are able to endure harsh climates and poor soil.
In Isaiah 43:2 (NIV) God reminds us and reassures us that when we pass through waters, He will be with us; when we pass through rivers, they will not sweep over us. When we walk through fire, we will not be burned; and the flames will not consume us.
Jesus our buffer when we go through the vicissitudes of life like failure, divorce, miscarriage, disaster, unemployment, betrayal, sickness, loss of loved ones, false accusation etc.
He is the God of the mountains and the same of the valleys. He is with us on our bad days just as He is with us on our good days. Jesus is with us when we face intimidation and trials. He has promised never to leave us nor forsake us. Hebrews 13:5. And He is indeed a Promise Keeper.
On days when we’re tempted to give in to the pressures of life, we don’t have to be afraid. We may not always know how or when God will help us, but as Christians we know He’s with us. Like the cypress tree and its fire enduring ability, God gives us the strength to stand and to stay faithful to Him through every “fire” we endure.
The good news is, every storm, no matter how long it persists, will run out of rain someday. Any fire no matter how devastating will die eventually; and every difficulty too shall pass.
Finally, after all is said and done, like the cypress, you’ll still be standing – tall, proud and victorious. Not swept over, burned, consumed or charred.