OBSTACLES = GROWTH
A queen bee lays each egg in a six-sided cell filled with the pollen and honey that will nourish the unborn offspring. She then seals the top with wax. Twenty-one days later, its food supply exhausted, the newborn wrestles, squirms, and strains to break the wax seal and emerge alive. The opening it makes in escaping is so narrow that it tears away the membrane covering its wings, enabling it to fly. Should the wax seal be opened prematurely, the bee will emerge without a struggle-but unable to fly since the membrane remains on its wings. It is soon stung to death by other bees and cast out of the hive.
Don't we often view adversities as obstacles? Instead, view them like the opening torn by the exertion of the bee: it is the means of growth. They can uncover resources, develop strengths, and stimulate a tenacity that impacts our experience of life. They can bring us joy greater than their distress and may prove to be the source of our survival in life. Paul the apostle stated, "We boast in our suffering, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance proven character; and character produces hope (Romans 5:3-4)." If you're struggling, use the obstacles of your daily existence as a catalyst for increase in your next season of life! The hope Paul speaks of will become for you a confident expectation about where God is taking you.