Walking the Wonderland Trail, one finds high alpine trees like the one in this picture I took last summer. The trunk is bent, the needles are stiff and strong, and the roots are deep. Exposure to the elements slows the growth and causes the roots to run deep.
Exposure to the elements, pressure, trials and tribulations has a similar effect on our lives. How many times have you heard someone who has experienced hardship say: “I would never want to go through that again, but I grew in new ways because of it.”
It’s been said that God is more interested in our character than our happiness. What element is God using to generate new growth and deeper roots in your life?