A young farmer was trying to establish himself as a peach grower. He had worked hard and had invested his all in a peach orchard which blossomed wonderfully—until a frost came and killed all the blossoms. The young fellow did not go to church the next Sunday, nor the next few Sundays. His pastor went to see him to inquire about his absence. The young fellow exclaimed with bitterness in his voice, “I’m never coming again. Do you think I can worship a God who cares for me so little that he would let a frost kill all my peaches?”
The old minister looked at him a few moments in silence, and then said kindly, “God loves you better than He does your peaches. He knows that while peaches do better without frosts, it is impossible to grow the best people without some adversity. His object is to grow people, not peaches.”
(Jesus said) “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).