Today as I was completely bored sitting in the DMV, I decided to check out my Pinetrest boards! This article came through entitled Bring on the Wind! After reading it I did almost start crying right there in the DMV, just as my number was called!
(Please read the article, as it saying it all so perfectly!)
In this article it used the idea of trees being stronger when they are challenged by the environment.
Trees grow deep roots in response to battering winds. Likewise, we develop strength, character, and courage as we respond to challenges.
We have challenges in our lives, and it's how we choose to react to those challenges that determines the outcome. We can choose to either let those challenges and "winds" develop us, or hinder us. IT IS OUR CHOICE!
As Douglas Malloch wrote in his classic poem, “Good Timber”:
The tree that never had to fight
For sun and sky and air and light,
But stood out in the open plain
And always got its share of rain,
Never became a forest king
But lived and died a scrubby thing.The man who never had to toil
To gain and farm his patch of soil,
Who never had to win his share
Of sun and sky and light and air,
Never became a manly man
But lived and died as he began.Good timber does not grow with ease:
The stronger wind, the stronger trees;
The further sky, the greater length;
The more the storm, the more the strength.
By sun and cold, by rain and snow,
In trees and men good timbers grow.Where thickest lies the forest growth,
We find the patriarchs of both.
And they hold counsel with the stars
Whose broken branches show the scars
Of many winds and much of strife.
This is the common law of life.
I must embrace my challenges and acknowledge HIS hand in all things! I must let those challenges bring me strength. For I KNOW....
I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
As long as my tree is firmly planted in God's Good Soil, and I keep God's Marvelous Light as my guide.... then BRING ON THE WIND!!
(or atleast the breeze!!)