What is the difference between thriving and surviving? Indigenous plants flourish and thrive because they are in their home environment and have adapted to the conditions, so they grow strong and healthy. Ask God where He wants you to bloom, be it the desert, mountains or meadows. Wherever it is He will display His glory through you.
Sometimes when we are going through a time of intense grief and struggle, trials and tribulations, God is using the same process that the protea requires. Perhaps there are a lot of old ideas and beliefs that hinder us and need to be burnt out. Perhaps our ‘shell’ is so hard it takes the extreme heat of the trials to trigger growth for us. Perhaps it is the timing - it is also unpredictable.