Not to long ago I was on my way up the driveway when I spotted this beautiful tree in the strangest place; it was growing in the center of a thorny Autumn Olive bush. I was so taken aback I had to go get my phone so I could take a picture.
This beautiful flowering tree made me think about the rewards that come from standing your ground and pushing through the thorns. I find that the thorns can come from many different sources; our thoughts, physical ailments, difficult people or circumstances and even well meaning friends. How many times people have told me I couldn’t do something that in the end I did and did well. I continued on in my endeavor and was rewarded with a small success, sometimes the endeavor takes a great deal of time, but those things which require great sacrifice often bring even greater rewards.
I was blessed to homeschool my kids and it was very difficult at times; many people said I couldn’t do it and that my kids wouldn’t be accepted into college, but I proved them wrong. I pushed trough the thorns and was blessed with the reward of an amazing relationship with my kids who are now very wonderful and successful adults.
I believe we should all learn the lesson I learned from that beautiful flowering tree, standing your ground and pushing through the thorns can bring beauty and joy into your life.
What is it you’re facing? Nobody goes into battle alone. We can stand with you. Let us know in the comments below how we can pray for you, or by submitting your story.
He will fight for you.