Hold on!

Having once again failed in my personal battle and feeling not exactly victorious, I went to work one morning. When suddenly the Holy Spirit drew my attention to how a plantain had pushed itself through the asphalt. I’m usually used to seeing some deep-rooted dandelion do that. You know firsthand how hard it is to get rid of them, but the plantain surprised me. It seems like such a fragile plant compared to the dandelion.

It seemed to me that the Holy Spirit encouraged me through this scene, telling me to hold on, you will push through this asphalt and then others will be helped by your experience. We all know that the plantain is a medicinal plant. After googling a bit, I found out that it is used against quite a few diseases and ailments. “In British tradition, the plantain is among the nine holy plants, among other things, the tea plantain helped to stop bleeding from a wound, draw out pus from a boil and treat burns.” It is used to treat staphylococcal infection, against coughs and colds, it is good for dropsy, for infertility, for indigestion, for the treatment of swellings and poorly healing wounds… In short, is there anything that this plant does not cure.

There was a time when at one point I didn’t want to hear it anymore, that now you “can help and understand others”. That like hellou, give me some easy life and I will be happy and tell everyone how nice it is to live with God and how easy it is to be a Christian. I fell in love, got married, four children – God blessed. Give me such a testimony.

One day, however, this present suffering will be behind you and you will have pushed through this asphalt, and people will be encouraged by your testimony and they will be able to take advantage of this varied experience of yours to find relief and hope in their own present situation. They get hope when they see that you didn’t give up no matter what. You also become more understanding and humble and God takes away from you the opportunity to point the finger at others because you yourself have failed a million times. Let us only have the courage to share our testimony. We may want to sweep it all under the carpent and forget that we ever had to struggle with anything in our lives. There are few who talk about their own failures or bumpy road to happiness. So don’t close your mouth but share your testimony!

If I have to brag, I’ll brag about my weakness. God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who be
praised forever, knows that I do not lie. (2 Corinthians 11:30,31)

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