A story is told of a king who went into his garden one morning, and found everything withered and dying. He asked the oak that stood near the gate what the trouble was. He found it was sick of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine. The pine was all out of heart because it could not bear grapes, like the vine. The vine was going to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and have as fine a fruit as the peach tree. The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac; and so on all through the garden. Coming to a heartsease, he found its bright face lifted as cheery as ever. “Well, heartsease, I’m glad, amidst all of this discouragement, to find one brave little flower. You do not seem to be the least disheartened.” “No, I am not of much account, but I thought that if you wanted an oak, or a pine, or a peach tree, or a lilac, you would have planted one; but as I knew you wanted a heartsease, I am determined to be the best little heartsease that I can.”
Others may do a greater work,
But you have your part to do;
And no one in all God’s heritage
can do it so well as you.
-L.B. Cowman, “Streams in the Desert”
I hope this encourages hearts today, as it has encouraged mine! God has planted you specifically, exactly where He wanted you. Not someone else. He planted your heart, your mind, your body, what you look like, what your personality is like, what your gifts and talents are, what your dreams are, right where He wanted those specific traits. May you lift a brightened face with cheer as you let this truth soak in today :).