The Palm Tree

Do you see a palm tree strong and tall that has not withstood the storms?

The palm tree blows and sways in the wind . . .

Yet it cannot have strength without depth . . .

And it cannot have depth without roots . . .

All the while, it cannot grow deep roots without storms to strengthen.

I was reading from Springs in the Valley the other day about the story of a submarine that came to surface after a terrible storm. When asked in utter amazement how they did not know of the storm, the crew replied they really had no effects of the waves above because of the depth the submarine went.

In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 1:5-7

GO DEEP! Go deeper with your God until your identity is so wrapped up in His that you forget who you are!