By Donna Wittlif
“For we are become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our confidence firm unto the end” (Hebrews 3:14).
Red Rocks is a beautiful natural open-air amphitheater near Morrison, Colorado, just a short drive from Denver. Huge peaks of red and mostly barren rocks surround the stadium and soar high above it. Hundreds of famous bands and singers have performed there.
Every performance finds nearly ten thousand people screaming and clapping their approval of the artists. However, one performance is far above the rest. High above the amphitheater, clinging precariously to the side of a rocky peak, a small tree hangs on. It has withstood howling winds, blizzards, and torrents of rain. Its roots must go deep into the rock to give it such tenacity. Yet few notice it or think anything about it.
Followers of Christ usually get no attention when they remain true to God in our culture. No one sees the struggles inside us as we overcome Satan and his darts. Not many understand the despair and disappointment we feel when our efforts to lead others to Christ seem to fail. Nobody knows our discouragement and heartache when our loved ones turn away from God.
Jesus knows and understands. Sometimes we forget that we don’t have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feeling or our infirmities; but one that has been in all points tempted like we are (Hebrews 4:15). The writer of Hebrews reminds us that “God is not unrighteous to forget your work and the love which you showed toward his name in that you ministered unto the saints, and still do minister” (6:10).
Christian, hang in there, just like that little tree. Keep on believing and trusting God’s promises, just like Jesus did, even when it meant His cruel death for you. God remembers and will reward you.
- Donna Wittlif writes Christian fiction for young adults and adults. Her website is www.donnarwittlif.com.