We had a tour in a furniture factory when the guide called our attention. He took a seemingly ordinary piece of wood and said, “Take a look at this oak.” We all gathered around him to observe the piece of wood as he pointed out to us its unique features.
“This oak is the finest timber of its kind. It is the most sought-after and fetches the highest price. Do you know why?” He asked. “The secret to its perfect graining is just this: it grew up in a place where it constantly struggles against the storms.”
What an evocative statement! This simple fact speaks volumes about life.
Life inevitably exposes us to constant conflicts. Sometimes, it seems as if there is no end in sight, robbing us of the will to fight.
But just like the oak, the more we struggle and overcome; the stronger and more beautiful we become.
God uses us all for a greater purpose. A purpose which is, sometimes, beyond what our minds can possibly fathom.
“All things work together for good to those who love and serve God.” That is a promise He intends to keep. All we have to do is trust Him and believe. Our struggles with faith will lead us to difficult journeys in life. But we must keep the hope alive and burning even in the midst of impossible hardships.
Just like the finest oak wood reserved only for the finest furniture, God will harness us only for His finest undertaking.