This is the ninth episode in Eric Ludy’s epic summer Daily Thunder series drawing on the legendary life of Alfred the Great. In this particular episode he explores the spiritual mystery of how “increased need” equates to “increased grace”. In fact, the greater the need we face, the more we are able to witness the power and grace of God at work in our lives. In 876, Alfred found himself in a place of great weakness and great need. And in this island season, hidden away in his swamp fortress, Alfred was readied to truly become “great”. Most of us plead with God to help us avoid these island seasons, but God, in His great wisdom, knows that it is in and through these very seasons that we are prepared for His “great” work.