The clouds grew dark with heavy strain, then broke suddenly to drop the rain.
A grain of wheat falls to the ground, patiently waiting without a sound.
It has little hope of life to retain but then comes the sound of refreshing rain.
It soaks this moisture God does provide and is now quite full all inside.
This is enough to God it explains but still come the refreshing rains.
I have swelled so much; you must stop, for one more drop and I will pop.
Now I am to a place that I cannot cope; oh Lord, you are my only hope.
Over me the earth now hides the sun and search for strength but I find none.
This is my most untimely hour; as now this earth is about to devour.
I asked for rain and your great power but I have received this day most sour.
This is it; no more can I contain, so I yield to you completely once again.
What is this, the light I see and a life I've never felt so free?
I was once a thirsty grain but now live in the light to enjoy the rain..
With my strength now revealed I grow tall in this field.
Written by Bob Wood
2 Thessalonians 1: 3. We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; 4 .. So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: 5... Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:
We live in a world today under high pressure. The family is often going in many directions. The bills pile up. Traffic gets faster and more congested. Our schedules seem double stacked. Some authorities advise that we must remove the stress in our lives and we usually give them that bewildered dog look. Stress and pressure are here to stay and there comes a time that we must meet it toe to toe. When we have these seemingly so many hard times; we often ask God why. Often this pressure is used to help us understand that God is still our strength. It is in these hard times that we find strength we did not know we had. An old joke portrays an old man running from a bear. The bear was winning and the old boy came to a tree but the first limb was about twelve feet high. The old fellow leaped with all he had and missed the limb but explained, "he caught it on the way down." We may not jump thirty feet in the air but God is our strength and will use many of His special ways to draw this power from inside. That grain of wheat endured pressure it had never known. God knew what He was doing; yet the little seed was not understanding all of these major changes. In the finale though it was quite thrilled with its new found life. You and I as well look back on some of our long ago years as the good old days. We thought we were at our witts end but look back now and see joy in those then hard times. Times are hard and yes full of trouble but God is still God. He knows the outcome. We place our faith in Him and wait for the light. The morning will eventually come and all will be made so sure to see. The little diamond was once just a lump of coal and look what pressure and intense heat helped it to be. I am thankful that we can become a diamond and I am thankful God knows just how much pressure I need and when. Lord give us the fires of your revival today. God is so good! May God Really Bless You! Keep shining and be as good as you can be and when you have a chance; you pray for me.
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