Two frogs fell into a tub of cream. One looked at the high sides of the tub which were too difficult to crawl over and said, “It is hopeless” So he resigned himself to death, relaxed, and sank to the bottom. The other one determined to keep swimming as long as he could. “Something might happen,” he said. And it did. He kept kicking and churning, and finally he found himself on a solid platform of butter and jumped to safety.
This story at first glance may seem cute and overly simple. The author of the story is unknown, but he illustrates a very biblical view of faith with this tale. We live in a world and time when so many are willing to give up. So many brethren are willing to quit fighting and kicking. They are content letting life consume them, falling ever so gently back into the world. Moreover, what frustration or hopeless situation is so troubling faith is abandoned for the absolute blackness of death? We as Christians expect life to have its challenges; it’s a promise from God. Faith should come with a label that reads, “Warning, using faith may bring great challenges to your life, but used correctly it will assuredly bring many wonderful blessings.”
Two frogs, two sides of the same coin, we have a choice everyday to keep kicking or give up. It’s not a matter of flipping the coin, but a matter of which side we choose to focus on. Every trial ends either with a blessing or a bad lesson on life. Faith has a way of making trials all about blessings from God.
When there seems no escape from our troubles, faith kicks in and we struggle as long as we can. Eventually God allows us a way back to life with better character, better outlook, and greater spiritual strengths. Because we struggle, we learn what it takes to live. Without struggle, we would never have known hope, we would never have known God.