“Look at that vessel in the midst of the storm; see how the wild waves show their white teeth as if laughing at all the efforts of the sailors to keep it from sinking. It will weather the storm, say the sailors, if the mast will only hold out. Where did it grow? On the very heights of the stormy hills. That mast will weather the storm, for it is itself the child of storms.”
So God prepares His heroes on the heights, among storms and winter, and in much suffering. But they have grown strong and resistful as the result of it, and they will never fail, however fierce the fight. They have endured hardness in the beginning, and shall now prove they are “strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might” (Eph. 6:10).