We are the fragrance of Christ among those who need saving.

II Corinthians 2:15

               There is a little plant, cialis sales cialis small and stunted, try growing under the shade of a broad-spreading oak tree; this little plant values the shade which covers it, salve and greatly esteems the quiet rest which its noble friend, the oak, affords.

But then one day a lumberjack arrives, and his sharp saw fells the big oak.  The plant wept and cried out, “My shelter is gone; every rough wind will blow upon me, and every storm will seek to uproot me from the ground unto which I was born.  Woe is me, woe is me!

“No, absolutely not,” said a hovering angel of the Lord.”  “Now the sun will definitely get to you from time to time, especially on hot days. And the rain will drench you as never before.”   “On the other hand, because of this, your once smallish stem shall spring up with great strength, and your flowered pedals will become more beautiful than ever.”  And those who see you will say, “How greatly this plant has flourished and bloomed.”  “How stunning is its brilliance and splendor, more than ever before.”

Hence, if God should likewise take your comforts and privileges away from you, that is, those things which once made your life secure, comfortable, and at ease, perhaps it is because He desires to make you stronger, better, and more beautiful to others by doing so. He wants to make you the best you could possibly be.

And to be honest, the world needs for you to be at your best and most beautiful, so that it can find God. Whether you realize it or not, you are one of His greatest vehicles on earth to accomplish this.  So don’t lament over what has been lost, let God make you strong and beautiful as He did with the flower when He took away the oak.

Maybe, just maybe, others will say of you in a parallel way what they said about the flower, “Now that life is just downright brilliant with God’s beauty and love, the kind of life I need too.”

Inspired by Streams in the Desert (September 30th)