Challenges and Tests

The Great Barrier Reef stretches some 1,800 miles from New Guinea to Australia.  Tour guides regularly take visitors to view the reef.  On one tour, the guide was asked an interesting question by a traveler. “I notice that they lagoon side of the reef looks pale and lifeless, while the ocean side is vibrant and colorful,” the traveler observed.  “Why is this?”

The guide gave his educated answer, “The coral around the lagoon side is in still water, with no challenge for its survival.  It dies early.  The coral on the ocean side is constantly being tested by wind, waves, storms and surges of power.  It has to fight for survival every day of its life.  As it is challenged and tested, it changes and adapts.  It grows healthy.  It grows strong.  And it reproduces.”

Then he added this telling note: “That’s the way it is with every living organism.”


“Consider if 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)




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