Character is not built by battling and excitement alone. The harvest is not ripened by the thunderous forces of nature, but by the secret silent invisible forces.
So the best qualities of our spiritual lives are matured by quietness, silence and commonplace. A. P. Gouthey
The sight of the bright yellow of these pretty daffodils against the drab brown of our hillside was a welcome sign that Spring is near. Even though they were buried under leaves and weeds, the “secret silent invisible forces” not only allowed them to survive the cold and harsh conditions, but also to quietly push through and rise above it all. Just after the first few flowers bloomed there were several days of hard rain and gusty winds, causing the blooms to droop almost to the ground. But as soon as the sun came out they not only perked back up, but even more daffodils began to grow and bloom.
Have you struggled under the weight of problems, battled harsh circumstances, or been battered by the storms of life?
I have. I do. And I could not survive without knowing that the Lord is my strength and my shield, and that I can always trust Him.
The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, And with my song I will praise Him. Psalm 28:7
God created the flowers to withstand harsh conditions, and even to keep blooming in the storms. How much more willing He is to help us not only survive our life storms, but also to grow spiritually because of them, or in spite of them.
As He says in Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
If you are also battling some illness or circumstance in your life, or being battered by a storm sweeping through your life, I pray you will find comfort and strength in God and His promises, and declare with confidence,
“my help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2