There was once a frog who got stuck in a large bucket in a barn. Try as he might, he couldn’t jump out.
The frog kept jumping.
A while later, a farmer came and used the bucket to milk the cows, but it only filled the bucket up halfway.
The frog despaired. His bad situation had just gotten far worse.
The frog swam around, kicking with all his might. He was exhausted, but when he tried to rest, he just sunk to the bottom.
So he keep kicking, swimming in a circle.
Then, the milk started thickening, making swimming even harder. The frog couldn’t believe his horrible luck but he kept kicking.
And eventually, the milk turned into butter. It was thick enough that the frog could stand on top and jump out of the bucket.
His great adversity proved the way to his salvation.
Isaiah 30:20 states, “And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers.”
God allows adversity into our lives. He uses it “to prove [us] therewith.” (Abraham 3:25)
Sometimes, it can seem like the trials are too much. But God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8).
As our eyes turn on our teachers,
God can make “all things work together for our good.”
Just don’t give up. Keep kicking.
We are not alone—
The bread of adversity and the water of affliction can be overcome by the bread and water of Christ that we partake of weekly.
Adversity can be churned to salvation.