its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its
pinions. The Lord alone led him; no foreign god was with him.
Our almighty God is like a parent who delights in leading the
tender children in His care to the very edge of a precipice and
then shoving them off the cliff into nothing but air. He does this
so they may learn that they already possess an as-yet-unrealized
power of flight that can forever add to the pleasure and
comfort of their lives. Yet if, in their attempt to fly, they are
exposed to some extraordinary peril, He is prepared to swoop
beneath them and carry them skyward on His mighty wings.
When God brings any of His children into a position of unparalleled
difficulty, they may always count on Him to deliver them.
from The Song of Victory
When God places a burden upon you, He places His
arms underneath you.
There once was a little plant that was small and whose
growth was stunted, for it lived under the shade of a giant oak
tree. The little plant valued the shade that covered it and highly
regarded the quiet rest that its noble friend provided. Yet there
was a greater blessing prepared for this little plant.
One day a woodsman entered the forest with a sharp ax and
felled the giant oak. The little plant began to weep, crying out,
“My shelter has been taken away. Now every fierce wind will
blow on me, and every storm will seek to uproot me!”
The guardian angel of the little plant responded, “No! Now
the sun will shine and showers will fall on you more abundantly
than ever before. Now your stunted form will spring up into
loveliness, and your flowers, which could never have grown to
full perfection in the shade, will laugh in the sunshine. And
people in amazement will say, ‘Look how that plant has grown!
How gloriously beautiful it has become by removing that which
was its shade and its delight!’”
Dear believer, do you understand that God may take away
your comforts and privileges in order to make you a stronger
Christian? Do you see why the Lord always trains His soldiers
not by allowing them to lie on beds of ease but by calling them
to difficult marches and service? He makes them wade through
streams, swim across rivers, climb steep mountains, and walk
many long marches carrying heavy backpacks of sorrow. This
is how He develops soldiers—not by dressing them up in fine
uniforms to strut at the gates of the barracks or to appear as
handsome gentlemen to those who are strolling through the
park. No, God knows that soldiers can only be made in battle
and are not developed in times of peace. We may be able to
grow the raw materials of which soldiers are made, but turning
them into true warriors requires the education brought
about by the smell of gunpowder and by fighting in the midst
of flying bullets and exploding bombs, not by living through
pleasant and peaceful times.
So, dear Christian, could this account for your situation? Is
the Lord uncovering your gifts and causing them to grow? Is
He developing in you the qualities of a soldier by shoving you
into the heat of the battle? Should you not then use every gift
and weapon He has given you to become a conqueror? Charles