Show me, whose heart can I ease?
A story is told of a King who went into his garden one morning, and found everything withered and dying. He asked the oak that stood near the gate what the trouble was. He found it sick of life and determined to die because it was not tall and beautiful like the pine. The pine was all out of heart because it could not bear grapes, like the vine. The vine was going to throw its life away because it could not stand erect and have as fine a fruit as the peach tree. The geranium was fretting because it was not tall and fragrant like the lilac; and so on all through the garden. Coming to a heartease, he found its bright face lifted as cheery as ever. “Well, heartease, I’m glad, amidst all this discouragement, to find on brave little flower. You do not seem to be the least disheartened.”
“No, I am not of much account, but I thought that if you wanted an oak, or a pine, or a peach tree, or a lilac, you would have planted one; but as I knew you wanted a heartease, I am determined to be the best little heartease that I can.”
If thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as noon day. And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not. Isaiah 58:10-11