I have learnt to be content whatever the circumstances (Philippians 4:11)
Paul, while being denied every comfort, wrote the above words from a dark prison cell.
A story is told of a king who went to his garden one morning, only to find everything withered and dying. He asked the oak tree that stood near the gate what the trouble was. The oak said it was tired of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine tree. The pine was troubled because it could not bear grapes like the grapevine. The grapevine was determined to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and produce fruit as large as peaches. The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac.
And so it went throughout the garden. Yet coming to a violet, the king found its face as bright and happy as ever and said, “Well, violet, I’m glad to find one brave little flower in the midst of this discouragement. You don’t seem to be the least disheartened.” The violet responded, “No, I’m not. I know I’m small, yet I thought if you wanted oak or pine or a peach tree or even a lilac, you would have planted one. Since I knew you wanted a violet, I’m determined to be the best little violet I can be.”
Others may do a greater work, But you have your part to do; And no one in all God’s family Can do it as well as you.
People who are God’s without reservation “have learned to be content whatever the circumstances”. His will becomes their will, and they desire to do for Him whatever He desires them to do. They strip themselves of everything, and in their nakedness find everything restored a hundredfold.
Source – Streams in the Desert – L.B. Cowman edited by Jim Reimann
Always work very hard to remember who God is in the midst of adversity….
Remember He was the one that made you
May that be your foundation when all things change
Work with whatever you have, remembering God is ever present and in all things no matter the outlook.
Remember it was He who made you
In all things you do, do for his Honor
God is great, He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
He never changes