It's a windy day here in CT. Years ago I heard a story about a group of researchers who attempted growing trees indoors. The trees grew but at some point they all broke. They came to the conclusion that they left out a critical component to help the trees grow, the wind. They realized the wind actually helped the trees grow stronger.
The same parallels with our trials, they are there to strengthen us, from the inside out.
Yes, branches fall off trees while the wind blows but those are the weak parts of the tree inhibiting it from growing into its strongest expression of itself.
The same is true for us. May our trials help prune us of the things that inhibit us from growing into our best self- the fear, the worry, the anger, the frustration. May our trials prune those things from our minds and hearts so we can gain perspective on the beauty of the day in front of us and our purpose here...
To love God (and if that doesn't resonate with you, to love love) and to live out love towards others.
It sounds simple but the practice of this is challenging. But as I sit here watching the wind blow through the trees, and knowing they are growing stronger I am...
Pausing. Breathing. Praying...
that I can see my trials as the wind, meant to deepen my roots of faith and grow me stronger into the person God made me to be.
I pray you too can do the same.
With love and hope,