This is one of my all time favorite photos. Imagine that you own a railroad company and you pay to cut out a line through the mountains. You dig out trees, level the earth, lay down track and finally after months or years of work you are ready for a train to run on the line. Everything is fine until one day no one needs your train anymore. What do you do with the miles of track that are there?
Many railroad companies just left the abandoned tracks where they were. Dead tracks. Dead jobs. Dead ends. Failed dreams. It all came to an end. It could be depressing and a bitter disappointment to anyone who lived off the railroad.
But out of the disappointment, beauty can grow. Out of the hardship we thrive and grow again. This tree doesn’t know that it is growing in a dead end. It saw a place to grow and took advantage of it. Turn your dead ends into beauty. Look past the disappointment and look to new vision.
He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”