HH Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div
“ As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed;” (2 Corinthians 6:9).
I was reading this story and soon it became a testimony. Mildred said she had a bed of asters last summer, that reached clear across her garden in the country. Oh, how gaily they bloomed. They were planted late. On the sides were yet fresh blossoming flowers, while the tops had gone to seed. Early frosts came, and she found one day that that long line of radiant beauty was seared, and she said, “Ah! the season is too much for them; they have perished”; and she bade them farewell.
She disliked to go and look at the bed, it looked so like a graveyard of flowers. But, four or five weeks into the spring one of her workmen called her attention to the fact that along the whole line of that bed there were asters coming up in the greatest abundance; and she looked, and behold, for every plant that she thought the winter had destroyed there were fifty plants that it had planted. What did those frosts and surly winds do?
They caught her flowers, they slew them, they cast them to the ground, they trod with snowy feet upon them, and they said, leaving their work, “This is the end of you.” And the next spring there were for every root, fifty witnesses to rise up and say, “By death, we live.”
And as it is in the floral tribe, so it is in God’s kingdom. By death came everlasting life. By crucifixion and the sepulchre came the throne and the palace of the Eternal God. By overthrow came the victory.
Do not be afraid to suffer. Do not be afraid to be overthrown.
It is by being cast down and not destroyed; it is by being shaken to pieces, and the pieces torn to shreds, that men become men of might, and that one a host; whereas men that yield to the appearance of things, and go with the world, have their quick blossoming, their momentary prosperity and then their end, which is an end forever.-