The sturdiest of tree does not grow in the shade;
But it is out in open air that its sturdiness is made.
There is where the tree is firmed and formed to become shelter and shade.
As well a thing of beauty.
It’s roots watered by adversity
Grow wide and deep in the earth where only God can see.
Its trunk thickened to be a means of defense
Was toughened to stand by battling the elements.
Though adversarial winds may blow
It is but for a time until the winds let go
The trees’ branches strengthen to outward go and upward grow.
-Forward Day by Day
Daily Devotions for Disciples