Writing on the wall

I ran across a couple quotes on friends Facebook walls today:

The first posted by Megan-

"When God is going to do something wonderful, He or She always starts with a hardship; when God is going to do something amazing, He or She always starts with an impossibility." - Anne Lamott

Then I ran across this on the sidewalk:


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And another quote posted by Stefene:

"It isn't the tranquil and placid seas
That bring out the sailors skill,
It's the wind and waves that pound his ship
And toss it about at will." -Ritter

I'm sensing a theme here.