He that walks among briars and thorns
will be very careful where he sets his foot.
And he that passes through the wilderness of this world,
had need ponder all his steps.
God has suitable comforts and supports for his children according to their several conditions, if He will make his face to shine upon them:
He then makes them lie down in green pastures
and leads them beside still waters;
if they stick deep in mire and clay,
and all his waves and billows go over their heads,
He leads them to the Rock which is higher than they.
Diverse children have their different natures;
some are like flesh which nothing but salt will keep from putrefaction;
some are like tender fruits that are best preserved with sugar:
those parents are wise that can fit their nurture according to their nature.