I am always amazed how trees and plants that God has created will survive even though certain events in their life have caused their lives and growth to be difficult.
What can we learn from this?
When a vine slowly wrapped around this tree, it had to adapt. It could no longer grow straight, but it still grew and produced.
2 Cor. 12:3 "Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. That is why for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak then I am strong."
These plants grew into glass containers. Trapped in situations of out their control but they continued to flourish.
Sometimes circumstances seem to overwhelm us; life as we have known it has changed and we cry out, "Father, I don't understand."
I Cor. 13:12 "For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face. Now i know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known."
When there is a source of constant pain and problem in our lives...
2 Cor. 4:17 "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
When our burden is so heavy and we feel alone...
Matt. 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
His grace is sufficient...then I am strong..I will know fully...eternal life...rest for my soul. What beautiful promises God has given us.
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