|“If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.”|
A great experiment in the desert called the biodome created a living environment for human, plant and animal life. A huge glass dome was constructed to house an artificial, controlled environment with purified air and water, healthy soil and filtered light. The intent was to afford perfect growing conditions for trees, fruits and vegetables, as well as humans.
People lived in the biodome, for many months at a time, and everything seemed to do well with one exception. But as perfect as the conditions were, when the trees grew to a certain height, they would topple over. It baffled scientists until they realized they forgot to include the natural element of wind. Trees need wind to blow against them because it causes their root systems to grow deeper, which supports the tree as it grows taller. The wind also brings adversity against the tree which in turn causes microscopic fractures in the wood fibers, allowing the sap to flow through and strengthen the tree.
Who among us doesn’t long for a perfect growing environment for ourselves, with no disruptions from outside influences? We strive to avoid the times of contrast and tension, when life’s daily challenges push against us. When they do, the normal tendency is to curse them. But let us learn from these trees! There is a direct correlation between adversity and strength. Prosperity makes you weaker, but adversity makes you stronger. The contrary winds of this world makes us stronger because in our weakness, His strength is made perfect. We must be broken in order for the divine sap of God to fill our branches. If we never have the winds of this world come against us, our roots would remain shallow. Let us stand like a tree planted by the river and glory in our infirmities. Let us praise God for the wind of adversity, for without it we would never know His strength!