"There was once a little plant that was small and whose growth was stunted, for it lived under the shade of a giant oak tree. The little plant valued the shade that covered it and highly regarded the quiet rest that it's noble friend provided. Yet there was a greater blessing prepared for this little plant.
One day, a woodsman entered the
forest with a sharp ax and felled the giant oak. The little plant began
to weep, crying, "my shelter had been taken away. Now every fierce wind will blow on me, and every storm will seek to uproot me."
The guardian angle of the little plant responded, "no! Now the sun will
shine and showers will fall on you more abundantly than ever before.
Now your stunted form will spring up into loveliness, and your flowers,
which could never have grown to full perfection in the shade, will laugh
in the sunshine. And people in amazement will say, 'look how that plant
has grown! How gloriously beautiful it has become by removing that
which was its shade and delight!'"
Dear believer, do you understand
that God may take away your privileges and comforts in order to make u
stronger? Do u see why The Lord always trains His soldiers not by
allowing them to lie on beds of ease but by calling them to difficult
marches and service? He makes them wade through streams, swim across
rivers and walk many long marches carrying heavy backpacks of sorrow.
This is how he develops soldiers - not by dressing them up in fine
uniforms to strut at gates of the barracks or appear as handsome
No, God knows that soldiers can only be made in battle and are not developed in times of peace. "