I drove across the U.S. for 6 days. Spent Labor day weekend with my family in Texas, spent the day at the Grand Canyon and went camping for the first time ever! Needless to say I had a lot of time to think. As I drove along the interstate I got to thinking about the trees and the plants that sat along the railroad tracks. How they are planted in the ground. How every time a train passes they would feel a sudden gust of wind. How the sun would disappear and the cold fronts would move in. How at any moment it would just start pouring rain. And then I thought wow! They have seasons of life just like we do. When you are planted in the word of God you will see that the trials and tribulations “seasons” are set up for your divine purpose. But, why would a good and loving God allow us to go through such things as disease and injury to ourselves and our loved ones, financial hardships, worry and fear? Surely, if He loves us, He would take all these things away from us? After all, doesn’t loving us mean He wants our lives to be easy and comfortable? Well, no, it doesn’t. The Bible clearly teaches that God loves those who are His children, and He “works all things together for good” for us (Romans 8:28). So that must mean that the trials and tribulations He allows in our lives are part of the working together of all things for good. Therefore, for the believer, all trials and tribulations must have a divine purpose. So, much like the trimming and grooming of a living plant. “As in all things”, God’s ultimate purpose for us is to grow more and more into the image of His Son (Romans 8:29) or a flower or a big tree.