This isn't really the title but what follows is taken from the writings of Mrs. Charles Cowman's devotionals (Streams in the Desert- early 1920's). (be sure to enlarge for the flower in the raindrop)
Some of you might be familiar with her writing but this one always speaks to me and it falls on my birthday each year.
Over twenty years ago I heard a lady speak of suffering on a radio program driving in my car. After sharing her testimony..she said this in effect "suffering is your friend, you need to embrace it"..I can still remember reaching for the knob.. twisting it, while muttering "Suffering is your friend lady- you embrace it"! At least now, I think I have a better understanding of what it means than I did then? I still have a lot to learn but anyway, this is my offering for Thursday.. slightly condensed-
I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord (Phil. 3:8)
This is the happy season of ripening cornfields, of the merry song of the reapers, of the secured and garnered grain. But let me harken to the sermon of the field. This is its solemn word to me. You must die in order to live. You must refuse to consult your own ease and well-being...If you would bear much fruit, you must be buried in darkness and solitude.
My heart fails me as I listen. But, when Jesus asks it, let me tell myself that it is my high dignity to enter into the fellowship of His sufferings; and thus I am in the best of company..Plenty out of pain, life out of death: is it not the law of the Kingdom?- In the hour of silence.
Do we call it dying when the bud bursts into flower?