Beth and I are working on an outdoor project at the ol’ Loging Homestead and we needed some weather treated lumber.
We went to Lowe’s and described the project to an employee and inquired about the best wood to buy. He took us to the correct section and showed us several types of boards and we choose a 3/4 inch, “severe weather” brand that’s guaranteed to hold up under the weather harshest conditions.
We grabbed a cart, an employee and began to load it. Two things I noticed as we were taking each piece off the shelf. One is the price, it’s expensive! Second; it’s heavy and hard to move from one spot to another. After purchasing a few more items we checked out and struggled to load the lumber into the back of the truck.
As I reflect on the pricey, cumbersome wood and consider the name; “severe weather resistant” I wonder what they treat it with to protect it against the rain, snow, heat and various extreme temperature ranges.
I also reflect on what it would mean to be coated with a protection against the seasons of life. What if we could be treated with a solution so our minds, emotions, bodies and spirits weren’t affected by the harshness of the many storms and extreme difficulties life brings our way?
At first thought this seems great but wisdom tells us that it’s the seasons of life, the sun and the rain, the good and the bad, the joy and despair which help us grow in humility, grace and love.
To be protected against all the storms of life would come at too high a price and the burden of never maturing would be too much to bear.