Continuing our series on disappointment, today we look at two stories that illustrate how disappointment makes us stronger.
‘STORMS STRENGTHEN US’ by Sarah McKerney:
In 1990’s there was an Earth Systems Research facility created in Arizona, USA. Its purpose was to study how living systems actually work. It was called Biosphere 2. They had generated almost every state of weather except wind. The most interesting thing they learnt was the importance of wind in the life of a tree. While trees grew faster than in ‘real life’ they couldn’t mature, the trees would bow, bend, snap.
Scientist believed that plants needed water, warmth, food and sunlight to grow. When trees grow in real life the wind constantly keeps them moving. This movement causes stress in the wooden load bearing structure/core of the tree, so to compensate; the tree grows inside itself reaction wood or stress wood. This reaction wood has a different structure and it enables the tree to position itself where it will get the best light, to help it grow. This is why you get some amazing trees that are contorted into all weird and wonderful shapes. Without wind in this Biosphere 2 environment, the trees were unable to mature, the trees would bow, bend and snap. Without wind they couldn’t produce reaction wood. Wind is essential for maturity.
Storms and wind in our lives strengthen us, like the tree it does something IN US that can only be created in the storms that can only be done in the wind, the wind means we can position to get maximum light, lean into God, we are able to mature. This can only be done in the wind.
Consider it pure joy whenever you face trails of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
We endure so that we lack nothing – we endure to become complete.
‘A KICK IN THE TEETH MIGHT BE THE BEST THING FOR YOU!’ by Becky Robinson: