Farmers in southern Alabama made their living by growing cotton. Then one year, the dreaded boll weevil devastated the whole region. The next year, the farmers mortgaged their homes and planted cotton again, hoping for a better harvest. Again the insects returned and completely destroyed the crop. The next year, a few farmers who survived decided to plant peanuts. Eventually by diversify into other crops the farmers paid off their debts and prospered once again. As a tribute to how the people of Enterprise, Alabama adjusted in the face of adversity, a monument was dedicated on December 11, 1919 in the heart of the town's business district. It states, "In profound appreciation of the Boll Weevil, and what it has done as the herald of prosperity, this monument was erected by the citizens of Enterprise".
Adversity and obstacles, while challenging, often bring about necessary changes and improvements that otherwise would never happen. In James 1:2-3 we read, "Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance, and let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." In profound appreciation to the boll weevil indeed! It seemed during the time of the adversity to be the most unlikely statement to be found in the town square, but there it is for all to read. It is indeed difficult to see how any good can come from some of our trials, but through the work of God it is indeed possible that someday we will look back and see it clearly. Paul said, "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28) Do you know this God? He is waiting to bless you. Come and learn of Him.
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