TFT: A lesson from the garden

It is said that gardeners, sometimes, when they would bring a
rose to richer flowerings, deprive it for a season of light and
moisture. Silent and dark it stands, dropping one fading leaf
after another, and seeming to go down patiently to death. But
when every leaf is dropped, and the plant stands stripped to the
uttermost, a new life is even then working in the buds, from
which shall spring tender foliage and a brighter wealth of
flowers.

So, often, in celestial gardenings, every leaf of earthly joy
must drop before a new and divine bloom visits the soul.

–Harriet Beecher Stowe

(2 Cor 5:17) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have
become new.

“Thoughts For Today to Brighten Your Day” by Glenn Hitchcock