In the middle of a storm we need to trust Him, even if it is difficult.
A mustard seed grows so big; that can be good or bad. In the parable about the soil, the bird is a bad thing. Allow God to prune you so you will not have birds in your branches.
The church thrives in times of persecution. Satan knows this and comes in to divide the church. Two-thirds of Christians fail in the last part of their life. Just as lions go after the young, lame and old, the devil wants us to slow down. Don’t slow down in your walk.