Talents, Trials, and Pinecones
I’ve been thinking a lot about trials the last couple of weeks. I coach several people, all of whom have their own trials. I went to an event last week where the speakers shared personal stories of their trials. During scripture time with my family we read accounts of individuals and their trials.
We all face trials on a daily basis. We know we’re going to experience them and yet when they come it’s almost like we’re surprised to see them. We want to run from them. We don’t want to go through it. We argue that we shouldn’t have to go through it and yet, day after day there they are.
Even after that specific trial is over we’re too busy feeling relief that we miss something incredible that took place. That transformation that occurred within us.
“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.” – Horace
Talents, something only uncovered and discovered by means of a trial.
Think of a pinecone. During forest fires so much of the vegetation is destroyed by the blaze but certain pinecones are only able to release their seeds when a fire like that is present.
We could easily look at that fire and believe it to be a trial but it’s the only way that their “hidden talents” are revealed.
You have so many talents that you’re not yet even aware of, talents that only trials will awaken them and bring them to fruition.
How different would you be if you
Didn’t run from your trials
Didn’t wish them away
Didn’t resist them
But instead, embraced them?
What hidden talents will your trials awaken?