“Therefore I ask that you do not lose heart at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.” (Ephesians 3:13).
In the beginning a small sprout will come out of the seed of the Fir tree. The other plants growing around will choke it. The rain, snow, sun and cyclone will create troubles. But the plane which came out from the seed of the Fir tree will not get affected through these troubles and will grow taller and taller. Thousands of birds will build their nests in the Fir tree and live merrily. This tree is also being used for roofing purposes during constructions.
Some people hesitate to accept when God tries to use them or while God vests certain responsibilities. They will say “I am afraid of defeat. I am not good enough. I am not sufficiently trained.” Some others will point out their disabilities and say “I am faltering lips. I cannot do this. Let someone lead and do this. The defeats of the past and the thoughts of bitterness are still troubling me.” Thus they will go for some excuses.
Jeremiah, the prophet also spoke similarly. “Then said I: “Ah, Lord God! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” (Jeremiah 1:6). But what God said? “Do not say, “I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:7-8).
Thomas Alva Edison, the scientist invented not only the bulb but also many other things. He had to take thousands of attempts to identify the correct filament for the bulb to give brightness. In the end he found out the tungsten to be the ideal one. He said “Many people give up their efforts when they are about to complete. But those who try persistently will succeed definitely.
In Africa, the government entrusted the job of digging a tunnel to dig out diamonds. He pierced through all hard rocks and went into the ground for 1700 feet. Since he did not find any diamond even after digging 17oo feet, he gave up the job and surrendered the contract.
The government gave the job to another contractor. He fervently prayed before commencing the job and began to dig. He did not choose a new place to dig but continued from where the previous contractor had left. Even before going for a few hundreds of feet the new contractor found the diamonds and thanked God whole heartedly. So do not give up your noble effort and continue to run towards the righteousness and heaven.
To meditate: “”And behold, I am coming quickly, and my reward is with me, to give to every one according to his work.” (Revelation 22:12).