Where would we be today if we had stopped short? If we had not fulfilled the vision that God gave us concerning salvation. I think about the time when Christ sent out his spirit. Saul, who later became the apostle Paul, did not know much about the spirit. His heart was stirred against the followers of Jesus. His eyes were blinded to the truth. His intent was to put the newborn church to an end; but Jesus was looking on.
We scarcely understand the whole process how God gets us into his plan. Then works within us little by little. God has a wonderful way of drawing us. Paul never intended to be among the disciples. He never intended to have anything to do with this man called Jesus, but God was working. In the same way God has been working with us and has brought us to this place. It's marvelous! Oh, the vision of God. The wonderful manifestations that God has for his people!
Beloved, do not think it odd the fiery trials that beset your life. His grace is sufficient. His power will overcome. Always remember that you are, "the apple of his eye!"