The story is that birds were first made without wings. Then God made the wings, put them in front of the wingless birds, and said to them, "Come, take up these burdens and bear them." The birds hesitated at first, but soon obeyed and picked up the wings in their beaks.
But because the wings were too heavy, the birds soon laid them on their shoulders. To their amazement, the wings began to grow and attach themselves to their bodies. They discovered how to use their new wings, and were soon soaring through the air. What had once been a heavy burden now became an instrument that enabled the birds to soar and go where they could never go before.
We are like wingless birds. Sometimes the very things that seem like burdens and trials to us, often become the very means God uses to lift us up and build godliness in us. When life falls in, we can turn to Him and realize that He knows exactly what is happening, and that He has allowed it for a very specific purpose.
Remember the words of James: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything" (James 1:2-4).
--Rocky Henriques, www.uticabc.com