See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God. That no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble, and by it many are defiled. (Hebrews 12:15 NASB)
When I lived in Colorado, I loved observing the majestic beauty of the stately pines. During the winter months the snow covered branches would sparkle in the sunlight. At the same time the weight of the snow caused the branches to sag and nearly touch the ground.
These snow-covered branches remind me of what often happens to us when tragedy strikes. We often allow anger and resentment with God to grow into bitterness. Satan uses bitterness to draw us away from the love of God. The snow-covered pines looked sad and lonely with their bows hanging to the ground, but warm sun finally melted the snow and they sprang back up full of life. Unlike the trees, we have a choice to make when tragic events occur. We can succumb to the effects of bitterness, or we can make a faith choice to trust in God's Sovereign love. Which choice will you make?