Heidi Koppen

In Ireland

Forest Walk

Though it was meant to be more relaxed, this summer has been packed full! I am thankful because of the fact that I still don’t know if I will have to leave in October (it all depends on if I get this visa extension). The crazy back to back pace of the summer, and some unexpected extra loads of work, has left me totally exhausted and a bit burnt out with kids ministry. This whole last month I have been crashing and vulnerable to spiritual attack. One day when I was really low and struggling I went driving and found myself at a hiking trail where the forest had been burned quite badly during the summer drought.

Walking through this forest was so cathartic. I could relate to the burned out look of the trees. It was raining and though the fire had been months before, I could still smell the smoke and ash. There was a little warn path that hadn’t gotten burned because it was already stamped down, there was little grass bits along the path. As I walked and sat there in the sprinkling rain, I could see how God is giving the rain that was so needed and that this place will regrow into a nice green forest again. My heart went to a song that my church back home used to sing, “You Have Redeemed My Soul”. The lyrics, ‘I was a hungry child, a dried up river, a burned down forest; and no one could do anything for me. But You put food in my body, water in my dry bed, and to these blacked branches You brought the spring time green of new life. Because, nothing is impossible for You. You have redeemed my soul from the pit of emptiness, You have redeemed my soul from death.’   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVRj5C2pS7w

I am so thankful to know the God of the universe who cares for those who might seem so insignificant and forgotten, people like me and you. We so need His grace and love to live and grow. It doesn’t mean we won’t get burnt out, but He knows exactly what we need, and because of the cross, He is approachable.

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