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Job 14:7 For there is hope for a tree, if it is cut down, that it will sprout again, and that its shoots will not cease.
Along the shoreline in California, it is a common sight to see whales stopping alongside rocks to scrape barnacles off their bodies as they migrate from Alaska to Mexico. The oldest barnacles can sometimes leave deep scars on the whales’ bodies. Like Job and the whales, we all collect personal barnacles—parasites that can strip us of nourishment and joy. Job scrapes off the barnacles of grief and lament, and so can we. Hard times will certainly come, and the scars of life may remain. As we grow to trust God in all situations, our lives will be restored and healed.
MOVING FORWARD: Tell your favorite personal story of restoration and healing to a new friend.