Several days ago when I started working in my garden I noticed much of the sweet corn and a couple of tomato plants had blown over. I was shocked because I didn’t remember any strong winds lately. Apparently though, a strong gust must have blown through sometime, maybe at night when I didn’t notice it. I staked up the tomato plants and hoped for the best.
Today I noticed that the corn already looks taller as the stalks are straightening as they reach higher. Before long I’m sure the plants will be back to normal, and hopefully the tomato stems will strengthen enough to bear fruit later on.
The corn is prospering despite the damage done to it. The roots are growing deeper, giving it strength to withstand a storm. As the corn reaches for the nourishing sun, it grows stronger every day.
That wind-toppled garden reminds me of life at times. Just when things are going along nice and easy, a storm blows in, threatening everything in its path. James 1:2-3 states, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
I’ll be honest here. I’ve always had a problem viewing trials as joyous occasions, but He’s expecting us to be gracious always. It’s easy to thank Him for the blessings He’s given us, but I have a lot of work to do in showing gratitude in the problem department. He knows our true needs better than we do, though it may not be what we want or think we deserve.
As true believers, God expects us to look for the rainbow after the storm so we may see His full glory and walk more closely beside Him.