In Alabama USA, in the early plantation days, nearly everyone grew cotton. In 1915 the state was invaded by a pest. The Boll Weevil, which punctured the boll of the cotton plant, making it impossible for the crops to mature, found its way there from Mexico. In Coffee County, almost 60 percent of the cotton production was destroyed and soon whole crops were destroyed. Farmers in Enterprise, Alabama faced bankruptcy. The area economy was at stake.
An alternative source of income had to be found and many farmers turned to peanuts. By 1917, Coffee County produced and harvested more peanuts than any other county in the nation and the town of Enterprise became a thriving community and the peanut centre of the world. The farmers’ profits far, far exceeded what they had earned from cotton.
Today, the Boll Weevil Monument – the only monument in the world to honour a pest – stands in the centre of Enterprise. It was erected in 1919 by the citizens, to show their appreciation.
The plaque reads: “In profound appreciation of the Boll Weevil and what it has done as the Herald of Prosperity, this monument was erected by the citizens of Enterprise, Coffee County, Alabama”
The people of Enterprise erected the monument as a tribute
to how something disastrous can be a catalyst for change,
and in gratitude for the lessons taught
and a reminder of how the people of Enterprise
adjusted in the face of adversity.
As a child of God, loved with an everlasting love
and assured of His effective provision in every area of our lives,
we can learn from the people of Enterprise
and their reaction to the pest of the Boll Weevil.
God never causes turmoil in our lives. He is incapable of causing harm, but He allows trials to unsettle us and He uses them to bring about a blessing. He uses them to move us towards maturity: towards Christlikeness. His help and all the resources He has provided are at our disposal, but it is our responsibility to turn to Him, to trust Him and to use the help He has provided.
Whatever “Boll Weevil” we encounter
can become a blessing in disguise
when we submit to His will, trust Him and follow His leading.
Mr Anon says:
# Where there are NO TRIALS there are NO TRIUMPHS
# When we don’t trust God to do what He promised, we call Him a LIAR.
# Victory is agreeing with God that what He says is true.
# All heaven is waiting to help those who seek the Lord and allow Him to direct their lives and handle their burdens.
# The only person who can stop you from being the person God intends you to be – is you!