“We are apt to overshoot, in the days that are calm, and to think ourselves far higher, and more strong than we find we be, when the trying day is upon us. . . . We could not live without such turnings of the hand of God upon us. We should be overgrown with flesh, if we had not our seasonable winters. It is said that in some countries trees will grow, but will bear no fruit, because there is no winter there.” – John Bunyan
I have certainly found in the past 6 months that: 1. I’ve thought (and continue to think) far too highly of myself; 2. I’ve thought that I was strong even though I’m really quite weak; 3. I want to bear fruit but don’t want to have to endure the winters that trim back my flesh…..which is a problem. I can’t have both.
I’m thankful that God is showing me that I’m proud, foolish, wrong, and in desperate need of a Savior….still.