Our entire neighborhood was once rolling hills of pasture and farmland. A couple of years ago, a kickball accidentally landed in a dense stand of trees, vines, thorns, and weeds, at the back of our property.

Seemingly ancient fence posts and barbed wire added to the treacherous search for the elusive ball.

My son and I carefully ventured into the myriad of tangled nature, and that’s when we discovered something wonderful!

There we discovered a tree that looks like a 🐲 DRAGON.🐉

We call it the Dragon Tree, appropriately enough, which had been struck by lightning long ago.

This did not kill the dragon tree, it seems that it made it more powerful.

It wasn’t long before we decided this was a special place, given to us by God.

Who else but God, controls the weather and throws lightning bolts?

Now a couple of years later, through a lot of hard work, and pruning, Nate’s Fort is truly a very special God-given place! I think about Genesis 3:17-19

And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ CURSED IS THE GROUND BECAUSE OF YOU; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life; THORNS AND THISTLES IT SHALL BRING FORTH TO YOU; and you shall eat the plants of the field. IN THE SWEAT OF YOUR FACE you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Genesis 3:17‭-‬19 RSV
But godless men are all like thorns that are thrown away; for they cannot be taken with the hand; but the man who touches them arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they are utterly consumed with fire.”

2 Samuel 23:6‭-‬7 RSV

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