Strong Winds & Fine Grains

 

There is a story about a traveler in a logging area who watched with curiosity as a lumberjack jabbed his sharp hook into an occasional log to separate it from the other floating log coming down the mountain stream. When asked why he did this, the logger replied:

 

“These may all look alike to you, but I can recognize that a few of these logs are quite different. The ones I let pass are from trees that grew in a valley where they were always protected from the storms. Their grain is rather coarse. The ones I have hooked and kept apart came from high upon the mountains. From the time that they were small they were beaten by the strong winds and adverse weather conditions. This toughens the trees and gives them a fine grain. We save them for choice work. They are too good to be used for ordinary lumber.”

 

Unlike those who have been protected all of their lives from the harsh elements of trials, exposure to the strong winds of life produces a character of fine grain within us. Some of the trials we go through actually toughens us so God can use us for His choice work.

 

Hold on to God’s unchanging hand. He is preparing you though these trials of strong winds. The beating wind is producing a fine grain of faith just right for the Master to use.

 
 
Your servant in Christ, 
Rev. Charles Twymon